Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/5/12
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 of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie in a statement. "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." Cousins, drafted fifth overall out of Kentucky in 2010, was sent home by Westphal after Sunday night's win over New Orleans. Westphal had called out the 21-year-old for displaying immaturity and a poor attitude. The team later said Cousins had demanded to be traded, though Cousins and his agent disputed the claim. The Kings said assistant coach Keith Smart will serve as head coach in Thursday night's...
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