Paul Westphal

This Kings offseason looks too much like last Kings offseason

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One year ago right now, the biggest concern for Sacramento Kings fans was that the team’s owners — the Maloof family — were going to pack up and move the Kings as soon as they could. That issue overshadowed the on the court questions about the young core of the team and how they would [more]

Owner says Smart will return as Kings coach next season

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Keith Smart has seemed to make a connection with the Kings players. That has not translated to winning yet — since he took over and the team has gone 10-18. But you are seeing better energy and play out of DeMarcus Cousins, you are seeing better defense, you’re seeing a respectable team starting to form. [more]

His new coach talks DeMarcus Cousins and maturity

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Somewhere near the top of the list of things Keith Smart has to do that his predecessor as coach of the Sacramento Kings (Paul Westphal) couldn’t do is build a good relationship with DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is immensely talented but with an ego to match. He’s not loved in his own locker room, other teams [more]

DeMarcus Cousins is only responsible for being DeMarcus Cousins

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We tend to treat NBA players as action figures. Fun to look at and watch do whatever actions they do, ultimately hollow, and easily classifiable. “This one is a hero.” “This one is a villain.” The problem is that these are people. I’m not imploring you to be more considerate of their feelings; that’s a [more]

Keith Smart signs two-year deal to coach Kings

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Keith Smart had an impossible situation in Golden State when he became head coach. Not long after he was hired the team was sold to new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber whose mandate was to change the culture of a franchise that had been to the playoffs once in 17 years. Smart coached the [more]