HoopsHype Paul Westphal rumors

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Basketball lost a member of its global family when former Suns assistant coach Scotty Robertson passed away this week. He was 81 years old. Robertson served as a Suns assistant coach from 1989-95, which was preceded by stints as the head coach of the Jazz, Bulls and Pistons. Before coaching in the NBA, Robertson coached in high school and in college, leading Louisiana Tech to three Gulf States Conference Championships during the 1970s. “The overwhelming thing about Scotty was his incredible love for the game,” former Suns Head Coach and current Kings Head Coach Paul Westphal said. “He was extremely innovative and never really received the credit that he deserved, despite his tireless work behind the scenes.” NBA.com

May 2, 2011 Updates

What was your and coach Paul Westphal's last meeting with Omri Casspi like? He wasn't happy with his role at the end of the season. Geoff Petrie: I guess he was happy that the team played better and was winning more games, but he was frustrated that his playing time had really diminished from what it had been two-thirds of the season. We did have a discussion, which usually comes up with some players, about maybe it's better if I play somewhere else. But a lot of that gets borne out of frustration. I think he still has a chance to be a pretty valuable contributor because there are some things he does really well. But, again, there are areas of his game he needs to continue to work on to become more well-rounded in terms of the things he can do out there. He's a competitive guy, he's got a lot of pride, and we just left it at that. Sacramento Bee

How do feel Westphal handled the team this season with injuries and managing a young team? Geoff Petrie: I think Paul's got a great capacity for understanding and patience and maintains a pretty even-keeled approach to things. Obviously when you don't win a lot and you have stretches where you don't win at all, that's hard on everybody, but I think coaches are the ones that are closest to it. Trying to maintain your perspective and trying to keep a group together, I think that was a real big focus of his as the season went along. Sacramento Bee

April 20, 2011 Updates

Paul Westphal How his exit meeting went with DeMarcus Cousins: “It was one of our longer exit meetings. He knows how talented he is and he has been having people telling him for a long time if you do this if you would just stop doing that. He has heard that, but we needed to tell him that again. Geoff (Petrie) and I sat in the meeting and talked about his conditioning, his work habits, his learning to leave the officials alone, and all the things that people can see or can’t see about what DeMarcus needs to do to really take a step into the stratosphere as one of the best players in the NBA. We leave him with the understanding that we will do anything that he will let us do to help him get there and that ultimately every step that can be taken has to be taken by him. No person can make another person push for and strive for every last ounce of potential turned into achievement. That has to come from inside and we challenged him to let everything he’s got in him come out so he can look back at his career and next year without any regrets.” Sports Radio Interviews

Paul Westphal On whether or not they will be able to talk to the players more before a potential lockout: “No we will for sure. Certainly we educate players. I have experience directly from players during a prolonged summer vacation who let themselves go and really ruined their career. Certainly tell all the precautionary tales we can to the players about how important it is to treat this like a job everyday and that their livelihood depends on their physical conditioning and how seriously they take their improvement. Just staying the same is not an option because if you do that somebody is going to pass you up. We have those kinds of conversations and stay on the players about that.” Sports Radio Interviews

April 14, 2011 Updates

"Fans are the people who get hit the hardest," said Kings Coach Paul Westphal, a USC product and longtime Southern Californian so sensitive to Sacramento's "slow death," as Mayor Kevin Johnson has called it, he declined out of community respect to discuss a three-team Southland future. Los Angeles Times

April 8, 2011 Updates

Paul Westphal, not that he deserves to be fired, might have saved his Kings job by winning some games the last couple of weeks. The fact is, he ought to get a raise for having to put up every day with DeMarcus Cousins' antics, said to be much worse than advertised. New York Post

March 19, 2011 Updates

Kings co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof issued a statement Friday afternoon after an ESPN report cited unnamed sources that should the team relocate to Anaheim it would consider changes to the front office before deciding whether to retain coach Paul Westphal. "There is absolutely no truth that we are considering anyone else for our general manager position," the statement said. "We consider Geoff Petrie to be the best in the business and look forward to continuing our resurgence with him at the helm." Sacramento Bee

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The future for Westphal and his staff is far murkier. Though he is under contract next season for $2 million, it's not unreasonable to think the Maloofs would start over in Anaheim with a fresh face. And even if the Kings remain in Sacramento, the current season has been a resounding bust by any measure. Sacramento Bee

Compared to the Sonics, Westphal thinks coaching these 15-win Kings is a walk in the park. He might be exhausted after nightmarishly familiar defeats – his stylishly long hair sprouting angles, his voice muffled, his mood distracted – but his upbeat nature reappears quickly. He still prefers curbing the Kings' dribbling tendencies to cleaning up messes created by ex-Sonics Vin Baker, Olden Polynice and Ruben Patterson. "I don't call this a real hard job," Westphal said. "Losing is … there isn't anything fun about that. At the same time, I can see progress, and I can see hope." Sacramento Bee

February 14, 2011 Updates

Kings head coach Paul Westphal spoke to the media before his team was set to play the Suns on Sunday, but he really didn't have much to say regarding the situation with DeMarcus Cousins. As reported by FanHouse's Sam Amick on Saturday, Cousins was removed from the team plane after a locker room altercation with teammate Donte Greene, which followed a close loss to the Thunder in which Cousins was upset with not getting the ball on the game's final play. FanHouse.com

"Well I could, but I won't," Westphal said, when asked if he could shed some light on the Cousins situation. "Unfortunately, these things take time to sort through everything. Obviously there's a problem and it's very serious or DeMarcus would be here for this game. But we want to do everything in the right order by the fairest possible evaluation and investigation into all the facts. There's really nothing that we can say other than DeMarcus is not with us tonight." The organization hopes to make a decision by Monday on whether there will be any further disciplinary action taken against Cousins. "That's pretty much the plan right now," Westphal said. "It'll take as long as it takes to really be fair to all parties but really the only thing that's reasonable to say right now is, there's nothing to say." FanHouse.com

February 13, 2011 Updates

The Kings were limited to seven points in the final 6:35 of play, and Westphal let his frustrations with Evans be known in front of the entire team once it was all over. But Evans -- who would leave minutes later without speaking to the media -- didn't take kindly to the criticism. He fumed at his locker, mumbling his disagreement under his breath before Westphal asked him, to no avail, to speak up. "He said what he felt," Evans told me on Wednesday of Westphal when asked about the postgame scene. "It is what it is. I could've been a smartass (and) cussed him out. I could've said something back, but I wouldn't be professional. He's the coach. I'm going to respect the coach. If I had something to say to him, just have a meeting with him tomorrow and say what I had to say." FanHouse.com

Which is precisely what happened a day later. But while Evans wasn't looking to discuss the matter any further, Westphal went to great lengths to smooth things over. "We had a meeting in the office, and he told me he wasn't throwing the trucks at me (Editorial note: I'm assuming that's a vague under-the-bus type reference)," Evans said. "He just said he wanted to let the team know that he'd get on me too and not just the other players. I agree with him. I have no problem with him. I had six turnovers (in that game). Still played a good game, but at the end of the day those turnovers caused a loss. "We're on the same page. He knows when it's time, when the game is on the line, give me the ball and (I'll) try to make a play." FanHouse.com

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