Found January 05, 2012 on Crossover Chronicles:
The Sacramento Kings fired head coach Paul Westphal on Thursday, ending a tenure that lasted only two years. The Kings had gotten off to a rocky 2-5 start with a young roster that featured former rookie of the year Tyreke Evans, second-year player DeMarcus Cousins and free agent acquisition Marcus Thornton. It was a young team, but a talented team. It seemed a lot better on paper though than what it was in practice. The sign of trouble maybe started Sunday when the team released a statement saying Cousins had requested a trade. Westphal said at that time that Cousins had not progressed emotionally the way the team hoped and had requested a trade. Cousins' agent vehemently refuted that his client had requested a trade. Either way, something stank and it wasn't just Sacramento's 27th-ranked offensive rating and 27th-ranked defensive rating. There was turmoil in Sacramento and some change had to be made, whether it was getting rid of the player or getting rid of the coach...
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