The Heat’s offseason makeover extended to its coaching staff Wednesday with coach Erik Spoelstra adding Keith Smart and former Heat player Chris Quinn as assistant coaches.
Quinn played for the Heat from 2006 to 2010 and most recently worked as director of player development at Northwestern University. He begins his tenure with the Heat focusing on player development. Smart has been a head coach for the Cavaliers, Warriors and, most recently, the Sacramento Kings. A valued defensive mind, Smart will join Spoelstra on the bench alongside assistants David Fizdale and Juwan Howard.
Quinn and Smart are taking the places of longtime Heat assistants Bob McAdoo and Ron Rothstein. McAdoo and Rothstein retired from coaching this offseason to take other positions within the franchise. McAdoo, a Hall of Famer, will work in the scouting department, and Rothstein will split time between broadcasting and corporate relations.
Smart was an interim coach for the Cavaliers in 2003 and was elevated from assistant to head coach at both Golden State and Sacramento. With a career record of 93-170, Smart never made the playoffs as a head coach. His best finish as a head coach came in 2011 when the Warriors finished third in their division. Smart was subsequently fired after that season despite improving the team’s win total by 10 games from the previous season.
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Smart played in college at Indiana University and was a second-round pick by the Warriors in 1988. He played for the Spurs as a rookie before playing in the Philippines for a season. Smart also played for West Palm’s Florida Beach Dogs of the CBA for a season. While at Indiana, he made the game-winning shot of the 1987 NCAA championship game.
Quinn played his college ball at Notre Dame and was undrafted in 2006 before earning a spot on the Heat’s roster. Initially a practice player for the Heat, he became a valued guard in the organization, and his success with the Heat helped him chisel out a seven-year career in the NBA and overseas. He also played for the Nets and Spurs and most recently played for the Cavaliers in 2013.
Quinn will turn 31 years old Sept.27, the first day of the Heat’s training camp. The Heat has a busy preseason, with barnstorming exhibitions in non-NBA cities Louisville, Kentucky; Kansas City, Missouri; and Rio deJaneiro.
In addition to adding Smart and Quinn, the Heat promoted Fizdale to assistant head coach. Fizdale is considered to be among the league’s brightest assistants.