Cowbell Kingdom Podcast Ep 50: Sacramento Kings Head Coach Keith Smart from NBA Summer League
LAS VEGAS – Summer League is officially a wrap for the Sacramento Kings. From the entertainment capital of the world, Kings head coach Keith Smart joins us for a one-on-one interview on this week’s Cowbell Kingdom Podcast. We discuss the progress he saw from his young players during the five-game exhibition as well as the team’s direction moving forward in light of their recent roster moves.
With the exception of his first and last contests, Thomas Robinson struggled most of Summer League. We noted how personal he takes losing and playing poorly. Smart discusses the rookie forward’s perfectionism on this week’s episode:
Well, what you find is guys who played in big time, winning programs have a passion for winning. And it’s an adjustment period for those guys when they come into a new situation, top lottery pick. Pretty much as a top lottery pick, you’re coming to a team that hasn’t done well. So that passion that he has, you gotta keep that. Then he’ll learn as he goes through the season how to start managing that – “Hey, I’ve gotta focus on what I did wrong in this game and what I did well and then I gotta make the adjustments because I have another game coming up.”
Editor’s Note: This podcast was recorded before the Kings’ final summer league game against the Boston Celtics.
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Music Credit: Ronald Jenkees – Guitar Sound