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Kings fire Theus (BREAKING)

Posted on: December 15, 2008 1:51 pm
 

Another Monday morning, another coach fired in the NBA. The Kings have fired coach Reggie Theus, making him the sixth coach in the league to be let go this season, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CBSSports.com.

Yahoo! Sports reported that top assistant Chuck Person also was let go, signaling that owners Joe and Gavin Maloof believed Person had become inextricably linked with Theus. Assistant coach Kenny Natt was named to replace Theus on an interim basis.

A 114-90 home loss to the Knicks Saturday night -- dropping Sacramento to 6-18 -- sealed Theus' fate.

"The team didn’t so much quit on him, but it was in such disarray that it probably pushed theowners over the edge," the person familiar with the situation said. "It was not a question if, but when."

 

Category: NBA
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Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2008 7:56 pm
 

Kings fire Theus (BREAKING)

This isn't surprising with the blanket firing of coaches with only a month into the season.  Coaches on the NBA hot seat seem to be on the same path as today's economic climate going down with now apparent end insight.  Watch out Don Nelson, Golden State is on the clock! 




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2008 4:28 pm
 

Kings fire Theus (BREAKING)

These firings are crazy.  What do these owners expect to accomplish by firing these coaches so early in the season?  It not like they have a Hall-of-Fame coach in their executive offices to come down and take control.  These owners can't possibly believe the their season will now make a huge turn around because the coach is gone.  What stupidity!

I don't understand the logic of firing a coach that has only run a team for a couple of years (if that long), knowing that it takes time to teach and implement a particular system to be players.  And how can you possibly have the information that you need to make a decision like this 20 games into an 82-game season?  What is the harm in waiting til the All-Star break at least?

The owners' egos are much too high to deal with at this point... they believe that the talent they have should be winning championships every year, when that is simply not the case.  It only takes a couple of moves and acquisitions, and some patience, and you can get a championship... or at least contend for one.  Look at the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks for examples.



SeveHudge89
Since: Oct 4, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2008 3:51 pm
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Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2008 2:55 pm
 

Kings fire Theus (BREAKING)

That's just great! The players do all they can, but can't win and it's always the coaches fault. Guess they have to start some where. Then when they realize it wasn't the coach they start dropping players.




Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2008 2:49 pm
 

Kings fire Theus (BREAKING)

Damn shame..

What can the best coach do with a crap team??



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2008 2:48 pm
 

what was he supposed to do??

I don't understand what Theus was supposed to do....??  The Kings were playing hard, they were missing their top scorer, and the team has been poorly managed for a while now, getting no star players after Ron Artest (who wasn't even a star!).




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2008 2:38 pm
 

Kings fire Theus (BREAKING)

Theus should not have ever been hired in the 1st place!

He had a grand total of 2 yrs of head coaching experience.  At NMSU!!  One bad season, one good season.  And the Maloof's go and hire him to coach an NBA team - very stupid move.  No one knows if Theus can coach, he hasn't done it long enough. 

Theus has a lot of charisma and that works in college when you are trying to recruit, but that crap don't mean a thing in the pros.



Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2008 2:37 pm
 

Bad Break

Stinks for Reggie, he never had a complete team.  So many injuries, he could never see what he had on the floor.  Don't get me wrong, they wouldn't have been a 40 win team, but I think they would have more than 6 wins with a full squad.  Hello top 5 draft pick!



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2008 2:28 pm
 

Kings fire Theus (BREAKING)

"The team didn’t so much quit on him, but it was in such disarray that it probably pushed theowners over the edge," the person familiar with the situation said. "It was not a question if, but when." 

Just a suggestion, maybe they fired Theus because the Queens blow, ever think of that?  I also love that the author attributes the Quote to "somone close to the situation"???  really?




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2008 2:27 pm
 

Kings fire Theus (BREAKING)

What a crock!  These owners are getting out of hand.  You want to talk about "disarray", look at the direction the NBA is headed.  No player accountability, no loyalty to coaches, etc.  Reggie had a ton of young players and was never given the chance to develop that talent.  I don't know about other organizations, but being a Kings fan since their move to Sac over 20 years ago I follow them like a family member.  And I no longer speculate: it's now obvious that the Maloofs are sinking their own franchise.  They have one of the best GMs in professional sports (Geoff Petrie) and they don't let him do his job.  They use their executive power to make hiring decisions against Petrie's recommendations, then don't have the patience to see how their choice works out...it's disgusting.


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