“They know that they’re playing terrible basketball right now,” said one source close to the players. “But they’ve thrown their hands up trying to figure out Keith Smart.”
The reason team insiders overwhelmingly pointed to for his departure was his handling of franchise player Stephen Curry, who Smart benched nightly for out-of-the-NBA guard Acie Law.
Smart could never clearly articulate to the press what Curry wasn’t doing to please him, and while Curry could have played more defense or taken better shots he was twice the player that Law was. Curry’s benching cost the team games and it cost Smart respect in the locker room and within the organization.
I seen this article on the Cousins situation from today. Looks like he talked back to Coach Smart.
http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.c...nt-with-coach/Cousins apologized after the game, again via the Bee:
“What happens in the locker room stays in the locker room but I was wrong. But what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room.”
Cousins was then asked what he could do to avoid further situations where attention was on his actions off the court.
“Don’t talk back. That’s the thing. I shouldn’t have responded back. Should have accepted what was said and stayed quiet.”
There are a couple of things in play here. As our own Aaron Bruski told you this week, there is friction and frustration in the Kings locker room with Smart and his rotations. And with reason, the guy is fixated on players like Aaron Brooks and doesn’t seem to be developing a team for the future.