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What went wrong with Westphal's Kings?

Posted on: December 24, 2010 4:17 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2010 5:08 pm
 
What's it going to take to move in another direction for the Kings?
Posted by Matt Moore

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that both Geoff Petrie and Paul Wesphal are under significant fire in Sacramento, despite Joe Maloof denying the report, sticking by both his general manager and head coach for what he says is the remainder of the season.

The question is why wouldn't you ditch Westphal at this point?

It's not that the Kings have taken a step back, or failed to take a step forward. It's that they've plunged backwards so far they can't even see the dismal finish they suffered through last year. They've simply failed in every phrase of the game, and in addition they're having significant issues with personnel.

Tyreke Evans has regressed. Whether that's related to injury, personal issues, a move to shooting guard, or just a sophomore slump, it's significant and it's holding back the franchise. That the rest of the team seems to not trust or follow Evans is as much of a problem. But DeMarcus Cousins? That's a whole other matter.

Cousins has clashed with the coaching staff so often he's been fined for it. He's shopping for a suspension, and because of his attitude, there seems to be a general dissent regarding Cousins by the rest of the locker room. They find him obnoxious and far too immature. Which he is. But at some point, the coaching staff is going to have to reign him in and find a way to help him grow into a professional. That's part of their job. And as of now, Westphal and his staff have been nothing but Principal Skinners to Cousin's Bart Simpson. It's not working on any level.

So to recap, the team's not playing well. The rookie of the year has regressed significantly and the next great rookie is one stop short of spray-painting the locker room and toilet-papering Westphal's house. The question is not whether Westphal has failed. The question is what it's going to take to move in another direction for the Maloof's. Meanwhile, a bad situation gets worse.
Comments

Since: Jul 2, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2010 2:16 pm
 

What went wrong with Westphal's Kings?

The Kings will be a basement team as long as they have Petrie and Westphal  running the team.  Name one thing these two looser have done but sh**ty up the Kings.   You have two very good young players to build with, one player who is robbing the team thanks to the GM.  Blame Evans and Cousins for Westphal not able to coach. These players DID NOT have these problems when playing for a good coach, but remember Westphal doesn't fit that class. 



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: December 25, 2010 9:00 am
 

What went wrong with Westphal's Kings?

The problem is Demarcus Cousins. Evans was great ast season but as the article above said Cousins is acting very immature and is fighting with coaches. Until he grows up and stops acting like hes 12 they wont be good



Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: December 25, 2010 7:39 am
 

What went wrong with Westphal's Kings?

It's because Tyreke Evans is the guy this team is built around and he can't shoot at all. Mid or long range. He's absolutely no threat from outside. Look no further. They have talent, but all that talent is dependant on Tyreke being Dwyane Wade. And he looks like he's never taken a jump shot in his life, literaly. It's just drive or bust with him. He hasn't regressed at all, he's just a vet and everyone has figured him out. The Kings will never be contenders until he develops a 15 foot shot. Until then they will continue to look like a college team.



Since: Nov 10, 2009
Posted on: December 25, 2010 7:09 am
 

What went wrong with Westphal's Kings?

When you have to hire a babsitter for a "grown up" and you still sign him to a multi million dollar you dont air your dirty laundry you build him up so that other teams dont know your true interntions and unload him as fast as you can say last place kings




Since: Dec 25, 2010
Posted on: December 25, 2010 2:29 am
 

What went wrong with Westphal's Kings?

Hey Matt Moore

Have you been to Sacto or just sitting on your azz writing stuff like this?

The Kings already hired Cousin's highschool babysitter but the guy
is a punk. It is past time to let him go. Let him go flip some burgers.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2010 10:58 pm
 

What went wrong with Westphal's Kings?

Paul Westphal is a decent coach and NBA person. This trouble starts with the owners and GM Petrie. Don't blame Westphal. This is what happens when you draft below average basketball intelligence and try and build around it on the cheap. Evans and Cousins are showing their true colors, lame, lazy and totally about themselves. Time to really clean house, possible move to another location as well. Feel bad for the Sacramento fans, they deserve better. I can remember the ARCO arena as a rocking house of rabid NBA fans loving their team and the NBA. Now this.....time for the MaGoofs and Petrie to shove off....



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: December 24, 2010 6:25 pm
 

What went wrong with Westphal's Kings?

When almost 30% of your team's league low payroll is being paid to Samuel Dalembert, that's not a good sign. Just a horrible lack of talent across the roster.


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