Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob confirmed Wednesday that Keith Smart has been fired as head coach after one season on the job and eight with the franchise, following a report from Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area. The Warriors had a team option for 2011-12 for Smart, with the coach due some salary either way. Lacob, who officially took over the franchise from Chris Cohan after Smart had been hired to replace Don Nelson, decided to look for a new coach after Smart led the Warriors to a 36-46 record.
"[W]e came to the conclusion that a change was necessary at this particular time," said Lacob in a statement. "I think Keith did an admirable job this season and he should be commended for many of the positive things that transpired both on and off the floor. The team showed improvement and their effort was never in question. However, we've elected to pursue a new path and we wish Keith the very best."
Under Smart, the Warriors improved by 10 wins over Nelson's 2009-10 26-56 campaign. Golden State added David Lee and Dorell Wright in free agency before the 2010-11 season, as well.