Former Warriors head coach Keith Smart has landed in Sacramento.The Kings on Tuesday announced that Smart -- along with former Sacramento point guard Bobby Jackson -- has joined the team as an assistant.Smart coached the Warriors last season, guiding them to a 36-46 record. However, owner Joe Lacob didnt pick up Smarts second-year option and he was out on April 27. Smart had been a Warriors assistant for seven seasons before that, working under Eric Musselman, Mike Montgomery and Don Nelson.Smart -- who served seven seasons as an assistant for the Warriors -- had been in Cleveland before joining Golden State, taking over for John Lucas in the middle of the 2002-03 season. He went 9-31 during that stint.Smart had been mentioned as a possible assistant coaching candidate in Dallas approximately four months ago.Smart was drafted by the Warriors in the second round of the 1988 draft out of Indiana University, where he led the Hoosiers to the 1987 national title, hitting the game-winning shot against Syracuse in the title game.
After four years in Oakland, Harrison Barnes was forced to leave town when the Warriors signed Kevin Durant last summer.
Barnes just finished the first year of a four-year, $94 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
So, does the former first-round pick miss his old home?
"I like living in Dallas but will always have love for Oakland!!" Barnes said in response to a question on Twitter on Sunday.
Barnes also picked his favorite restaurants in Oakland and San Francisco.
"Belly in Oakland or Amber in SF," Barnes wrote.
I like living in dallas but will always have love for Oakland!! https://t.co/K4cqTMPsbu— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) August 20, 2017
Belly in Oakland or amber in sf https://t.co/4cfiVkJ4oP— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) August 20, 2017
For the third straight summer, Steve Kerr has had a shortened offseason to work with.
While he is working on things for the 2017-18 season, he's not trying to cram as much work into a short period of time. He's taking time to relax and enjoy the summer.
In an interview with The Chronicle's Scott Ostler on Saturday, Kerr pulled back the curtain on how's spending the time before training camp starts.
“I’m on the phone, talking to Bob Myers, talking to our coaches and to different people. Writing down thoughts, putting together plans for our coaching retreat. It might be just something that pops into my head, where I just stop and write something down. But I’m not Jon Gruden, I’m not waking up at five in the morning and going to the film room,” Kerr said.
What could Kerr and Myers possibly talk about every single day?
“We talk about players, talk about roles. We talked a lot about Nick Young and [Omri] Casspi before we signed those guys. Talked a lot about our center position. Bob and I talk every day, kind of the first thing in the morning we check in with each other, usually talk for a half hour. We’re really close. He just got back from a great vacation, in Italy,” Kerr said.
Kerr and the defending champion Warriors get back on the court Sept. 30 in a preseason tilt against the Nuggets in Oakland. Then they head to China to play the Timberwolves twice before returning to face the Kings at home on Oct. 13. Four days later, they raise a banner, get their rings and tip-off the regular season against the Rockets.