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Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press
Keith Smart speaks during an NBA basketball news conference following his hiring as the Sacramento Kings new head coach in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. Earlier in the day President of basketball operations Geoff Petrie announced on that the Kings have fired coach Paul Westphal after two-plus seasons and a 2-5 start so far.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Keith Smart spent part of his summer scribbling notes at home, designing plays and deciding what he'd do differently if he ever got another chance to be an NBA head coach.

He never figured the opportunity would could some so soon.

More than eight months after the Golden State Warriors let his one-and-done contract expire, Smart, the former Indiana guard best known for hitting "The Shot" against Syracuse to win the 1987 NCAA title, is getting another shot as the Sacramento Kings coach.

The Kings fired Paul Westphal on Thursday, marking the third time Smart has ascended from assistant to the top spot — never seeing a second season each time previously. While nothing is promised, Smart's confident he finally has the support of ownership to become a lasting replacement.