It was reported a few days ago that long time assistants Bob McAdoo and Ron Rothstein would both be leaving the bench for the Miami Heat. Erik Spoelstra inherited his coaching staff from Pat Riley, and now it seems as if he is ready to create his own.
And maybe that's a good thing, considering the team the Heat will likely have to go through in the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers, has a player or two that knows their playbook and coaching staff inside and out. The move from McAdoo and Rothstein helped promote David Fizdale up the ladder, and also make room for Juwan Howard to be an assistant.
But there's also room for one more, and Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowksi reported that Keith Smart is going to be their target for that position.
Yahoo Sources: Keith Smart emerges as a serious candidate to join Miami Heat coaching staff.http://t.co/7dhqJurN2c— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 2, 2014
Keith Smart is most remembered for his shot in the 1987 NCAA championship game that gave his IU Hoosiers the title. He played in the NBA and has head coaching experience, although he hasn't been very successful. He's never had a winning record at any stop, and never seen the playoffs before. He's coached in Cleveland, Golden State and Sacramento.
Smart would conclude a restructuring of the coaching staff, and bring a new face to the organization. We will keep you updated on all that we continue to hear about Smart and the Heat.