Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 1/5/12
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. The young Kings won just two of their first seven games and sported a 51-120 record in Westphals two-plus seasons. But this likely has more to do with his clashes with second-year big man DeMarcus Cousins. Again, this isnt a first. When it comes to coaches vs. players in the NBA, coaches almost never win. Magic Johnson pretty much doomed Paul Westhead with the L.A. Lakers back in 1982, and not long after the Lakers won a title. More recently, Jerry Sloan ended a decades-long run in Utah after quarreling with point guard Deron Williams. But Johnson was a Hall-of-Famer who went on to win four championships after Westhead. Wil...
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