After starting off with a 2-5 record to open up the regular season, the Sacramento Kings decided to radically shake things up according to a report by the “Sacramento Bee” and terminated head coach Paul Westphal. The team’s President Of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie released a statement on Thursday announcing the club’s decision to move in another direction. Petrie wrote “I want to thank Paul for all his efforts on behalf of the Kings. Unfortunately, the overall performance level of the team did not approach what we felt was reasonable to expect. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Sacramento opened the campaign by beating the Los Angeles Lakers, however they would go on to lose five of their next six games. Westphal also had a run-in with big man DeMarcus Cousins after the team lost to the New York Knicks on Saturday night. Westphal stated that Cousins had demanded to be traded during the private discussion and was sent home before the Kings topped the New Orleans Hornets 96-80 on Sunday. Cousins and his agent have both denied that the second year player asked to be traded elsewhere.
In his two-plus years as head coach of the squad Westphal compiled a lackluster record of 51-120. Assistant coach Keith Smart, who was fired by the Golden State Warriors as their head coach at the conclusion of last season, will be running the team Thursday as they host the Milwaukee Bucks.