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Timetable for a Smart decision

UPDATE No 2: Updating this below chatter from last month, it's sounding like a decision on Smart's future could linger for a bit. "Warriors owner Joe Lacob indicated during a brief conversation on Monday that an announcement on Smart won't be coming immediately following the season, and that it might be a couple of weeks or more before any decision is made on the coach's future," wrote Matt Steinmetz of Comcast SportNet Bay Area. --- UPDATE: ESPN's Marc Stein adds this in the Weekend Dime. "Although Warriors owner Joe Lacob has been largely complimentary of his rookie coach while consistently insisting that Smart will be evaluated on the full 82 games, there are rising doubts about Smart's ability to serve as more than a one-season stopgap after he was promoted by the new ownership group when Don Nelson was ousted mere days before the start of training camp," he wrote. As such, this could indeed be Smart's only season as head coach of the Warriors. --- The contract for Keith Smart expires after this season and he's not expected to receive a new contract from Warriors owner Joe Lacob. Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area thinks Smart's relationship with Stephen Curry might be at the top of the list as to why the head coach will be looking for a job this summer. Steinmetz writes: "... anyone who's been watching the games can see Curry's body language, and not just when he comes out of games. Curry doesn't have the bounce he had last year, the pep ... the smile. When the day comes when the Warriors announce Smart won't be coming back -- and how can that day not come? -- he'll be praised for being a good man, a person of character and a quality human being. That will all be true. There will be reasons why Smart won't be back, no doubt more than one. But right at the top will be the Smart-Curry relationship." Smart is a good coach and shouldn't have a hard time hooking up with a team as an assistant coach next season. -- Nick Borges

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