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Larry Smith (basketball)

Larry Smith
Personal information
Born (1958-01-18) January 18, 1958
Rolling Fork, Mississippi
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Simmons (Hollandale, Mississippi)
College Alcorn State (1976–1980)
NBA draft 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career 1980–1993
Position Power forward / Center
Number 13, 2
Coaching career 1993–2011
Career history
As player:
19801989 Golden State Warriors
19891992 Houston Rockets
1992–1993 San Antonio Spurs
As coach:
19932003 Houston Rockets (assistant)
2003–2004 Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
2004–2005 Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
2005–2006 Albuquerque Thunderbirds (assistant)
2006–2007 Anaheim Arsenal
2007 Austin Toros (assistant)
2008–2011 Alcorn State
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 5,904 (6.7 ppg)
Rebounds 8,125 (9.2 rpg)
Assists 941 (1.1 apg)
Stats at

Larry Smith (born January 18, 1958) is a former American professional basketball player. A 6'8" forward/center from Alcorn State University, Smith spent 13 seasons (1980–1993) in the National Basketball Association (NBA), playing for the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and San Antonio Spurs. Smith received NBA All-Rookie Team Honors in 1981, and would become one of the best rebounders of the 1980s. He had career averages of 9.2 rebounds and 25.9 minutes per game.

He worked as an assistant coach for Rudy Tomjanovich with the Rockets from 1993 until 2002, helping them capture their back-to-back NBA titles in 1993-94 and 1994-95.[1] After ten years with the Rockets, Smith was hired as the assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks in 2003. In 2004, he was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers to be the assistant coach for Tomjanovich. However, Tomjanovich resigned after 41 games into the 2004–05 season. Smith remained as an assistant coach for interim head coach Frank Hamblen until the end of the season.

After serving as an assistant coach of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds,[2] as the head coach of the Anaheim Arsenal, and as an assistant coach for the Austin Toros in the NBA D-League, Smith was hired to be an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) for the 2008 season.[3]

On May 8, 2008, officials made the announcement during a news conference in Vicksburg, Mississippi that Smith has been named as the head basketball coach for Alcorn State University. In 2011, Smith was moved from this position to become director of athletic development for the school.

See also


  1. ^ Larry Smith coach profile
  2. ^ Larry Smith, Thunderbirds Assistant Coach
  3. ^ Press release on joining the Los Angeles Sparks

External links

  • Larry Smith Coach Profile at
  • Larry Smith NBA Statistics at
  • Larry Smith College Basketball Statistics at
  • Larry Smith College Basketball Coaching Record at
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