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Kings extend head coach Keith Smart

Updated: March 5, 2012, 9:57 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Keith Smart already had the full support of his players.

Now, the Sacramento Kings coach has the backing of the organization to go with it.

President of basketball operations Geoff Petrie announced Monday the team extended Smart's contract through the 2012-13 season. The 47-year-old Smart stepped in when Paul Westphal was fired in early January.

For Smart, this was another chance to show his leadership skills on the bench after the Golden State Warriors let him go ...

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