Paul Westphal Rumors
The executive cited the Kings’ history of cycling through coaches as an example. The Kings are on their fifth non-interim coach in the last seven years, and while Cousins can’t be blamed entirely for that shoddy record, he certainly was at the heart of the dismissals of Paul Westphal, Karl and, to a lesser extent, Smart. “Owners are thinking about how much they’ve got to pay the coaches DeMarcus might get fired,” the East GM said.
Westphal, 65, was said to have no desire to coach again until Lionel Hollins approached him to be his top guy with the Nets. Westphal, a former player and head coach for the Sonics, Kings and Suns, told Tim Bontemps back in October of 2014 that he “wasn’t desperate to go find a situation” but “definitely wouldn’t have said no to Lionel.”
Cindy, Paul Westphal’s wife, on Facebook: “We literally were out the door and practically into the car headed for church when Paul received a phone call from Lionel Hollins. Confession: we never made it to church. Coaches are hired to be fired, you know. Lionel had just been let go and so, the two men needed to talk. What an incredible experience we have had in New York, working with solid character guys…men of integrity…who always knew how to stay in their own lanes as the Nets’s coaching staff. No contentiousness. No hidden agendas. Always with respect. Sweetest of all, on a personal note, was time spent with Angie and Lionel and their beautiful children, having known them from very young ages, all grown up with families of their own now.”
Cindy, Paul Westphal’s wife, on Facebook: “Paul’s loyalty was and is to Lionel. It would be too hard to remain without him. Like Paul always says, “You can’t win without the horses.” Wishing the best for Tony Brown who will be getting his first head coaching opportunity. May he get the *horses* he needs. We are blessed and grateful people for the opportunities extended by the Brooklyn Nets, and are excited for whatever is next….be it low key or crazy paced……. Cindy”
King will be “reassigned” within the organization, presumably to the same dark room with a rusty typewriter where Lawrence Frank cranked out his daily reports. He’s not listed on the front office directory. Hollins is out; it’s likely his good friend and top assistant Paul Westphal will join him. (The fact that Westphal, a highly respected former head coach, was not given the interim job speaks volumes.)