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The Sacramento Kings have decided to fire coach Paul Westphal after a turbulent 2-5 start. The Kings won their first game of the season, an upset over the Lakers, but just about everything has gone wrong from that point on. Westphal had been unable to get his young Kings team to buy into his system, and DeMarcus Cousins had to be asked to stay away from a home game against New Orleans after making a public complaint about the coach’s offense. Aside from the aforementioned victory over the rival Lakers, the entire season has been an utter disaster that calls for major changes. Via CBSsports.com…
The Sacramento Kings announced the firing of head coach Paul Westphal Thursday, according to a release from the team.
“I want to thank Paul for all of his effort on behalf of the Kings,” said general manager Geoff Petrie. “Unfortunately, the overall performance level of the team has not approached what we felt was reasonable to expect. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Assistant Keith Smart, who was the head coach of the Warriors last season, will take over interim duties for the Kings.
This is a move that had to be made because Westphal had completely lost control of this youthful team. That being said, I don’t think a coaching change will bring about any drastic improvements. The Kings are bottom three in a variety of offensive and defensive categories including assists, points allowed, and opponent field goal percentage. Last night they lost by 27 in Denver despite 25 turnovers by the Nuggets, not to mention the absense of Nene. Their 16 assists to 16 turnovers and 2-21 three-point shooting speak volumes about the major issues that Keith Smart will be trying to fix. This is a team full of me-first players who don’t seem to understand the importance of sharing the basketball. Their attitude is all wrong, and that problem starts with prized center DeMarcus Cousins.
Rather than take any responsibility for Sacramento’s poor play this season, Cousins has elected to place the blame squarely on his coach. After a loss to the Knicks, DeMarcus told reporters that he and the other struggling Kings players were simply “doing what coach say[s].” While this clearly wasn’t the case–as I’m sure Kings management is aware–they want to appease their young, talented lottery pick. By being a brat, for lack of a better word, he kind of forced his team’s hand. So, Westphal is out just seven games into the season, and that’s largely because of Cousins.
DeMarcus, this type of sh!t flies when you’re in your second year with a team that’s put a lot of it’s eggs in your basket, but you’re going to have to grow up eventually. I guarantee this is the last head coach the Kings will fire due (in part) to your immaturity. Next time they’ll send you packing.
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The Sacramento Kings fired Paul Westphal Thursday after a public feud between the coach and young center DeMarcus Cousins.
The move also comes after the Kings dropped five of the first seven games of the season, including blowout losses to the Grizzlies and Nuggets the past two nights.
"I want to thank Paul for all of his effort on behalf of the Kings," said President...
The Sacramento Kings did the inevitable today. They fired Head Coach Paul Westphal. With Westphal, it's the same story, over and over and over. This is his is third head coaching gig in the Association, and none has lasted more than four years. In other words, he wouldn't make it out of his first contract as a college coach.Here are the numbers:Westphal's first three...
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....
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (AP) - 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 ...
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.
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.
In the hours before Paul Westphal coached his final game with the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night in Denver, team basketball president Geoff Petrie was speaking with ownership about a needed change.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins hugs Keith Smart after the team came from behind to beat the Bucks in Smarts first game as head coach.
Right now the team is dealing with...
Tyreke Evans made four free throws in the final minute to finish with 26 points, and Sacramento overcame a 21-point halftime deficit to stun the Milwaukee Bucks 103-100 on Thursday night hours after the Kings fired coach Paul Westphal. Evans hit the go-ahead free throws with 18.1 seconds remaining and followed with two more to make former assistant and Golden State Warriors coach Keith Smart a...
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 night. Assistant coach Keith Smart, let go by the Golden State...
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....
Tyreke Evans made four free throws in the final minute to finish with 26 points, and Sacramento overcame a 21-point halftime deficit to stun the Milwaukee Bucks 103-100 on Thursday night hours after the Kings fired coach Paul Westphal.