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The Sacramento Kings have fired head coach Paul Westphal amid a slow start to the season and ongoing drama with disgruntled center DeMarcus Cousins.The Kings wasted no time tabbing a replacement, naming Keith Smart to the position."I want to thank Paul for all of his effort on behalf of the Kings,” Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the overall performance level of the team has
not approached what we felt was reasonable to expect."Westphal posted a record of 51-120 in two-plus seasons at the helm. His brief tenure in 2011-12 was marred by a 2-5 start and numerous reported confrontations between Westphal and Cousins during practice.Cousins, who has denied asking for a trade despite reports to the contrary, was told to stay home for a game by Westphal following the second reported request.Westphal then issued a bizarre statement, explaining his decision and criticizing Cousins' commitment to the team.Smart joined ...
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Paul Westphal isnt the first NBA coach to lose a battle with a player, but he may be the first to get fired over someone who may not be worth the trouble.
Thats the uncertainty concerning the Sacramento Kings decision to can Westphal on Thursday. Word is, former Golden State coach Keith Smart will receive a two-year contract and replace Westphal immediately.
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The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Paul Westphal after two-plus seasons and a 2-5 start so far.
The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Paul Westphal after two-plus seasons and a 2-5 start so far. President of basketball operations Geoff Petrie made the announcement ahead of the team's home game against Milwaukee on Thursday night. Assistant coach Keith Smart, let go by the Golden State Warriors after one season, will serve as head coach against the Bucks.
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (AP) - The Sacramento Kings fired coach Paul Westphal on Thursday, cutting ties after two-plus seasons amid a slow start and an escalating dispute with young center DeMarcus Cousins.Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie made the announcement ahead of the team's home game against Milwaukee on Thursday ...
If the Sacramento Kings stood any chance at success this season, Paul Westphal had to find a way to control talented but volatile center DeMarcus Cousins.
DENVER - It didn't take long for Sacramento Kings coach Paul Westphal to sum up what had happened to his team.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - When Keith Smart coached the Golden State Warriors last season, the one thing you could count...
Cousins complains to Westphal, coach benches him and says DeMarcus asked to be traded. DeMarcus said he did not request a trade. Cousins plays in the Kings' next two games, scores four points in one and 26 in the other, Sacramento loses both, coach canned. Westphal was an impressively bad 51-120 during his time in charge. Keith Smart takes over. More »
Keith Smart spent much of his time during the lockout this summer scribbling notes at home, everything from designing plays to deciding what he'd do differently if he ever got another chance to be an NBA head coach. He...
Keith Smart spent much of his time during the lockout this summer scribbling notes at home, everything from designing plays to deciding what he'd do differently if he ever got another chance to be an NBA head coach.
DENVER It didn't take long for Kings coach Paul Westphal to sum up what had happened to his team.
Jack Dempsey Associated Press
The Kings' DeMarcus Cousins had a game-high 26 points, but that doesn't matter "because we got blown out," he said.
Jack Dempsey Associated Press
Denver's Danilo Gallinari goes up for a shot as Kings forward J.J....