Following the Kings unbelievable victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night, I was able to steal a few more minutes with Coach Paul Westphal
while the team is on the road. The Kings have two more games on its seven game-all-star break-interrupted road trip that has seen some pretty high high's and low low's. It doesn't get any easier for the team in purple and black as they play back-to-back games in Charlotte and Memphis before returning home to what has become a fire storm of controversy with the team's ownership pondering relocation. Coach Westphal and I talk victories, trades, rumors and relocation in yet another candid interview.
With all that is happening with your team right now, how proud are you of the effort that they brought tonight against a very good Orlando Magic team?
It's a very satisfying win. I'm happy for the players because when you take everything into account, you know, the trade deadline with its uncertainty, the losing streak we have been on, the injury to Tyreke, the upheaval with DeMarcus and Donté last week, just the specter of uncertainty with the arena situation and all the rumors surrounding that, and anybody's personal situation you know, players are wondering how their career is going, and in the midst of all of this stuff to be able to focus and play that well together and to really lay it out there like that and have success is quite a nice thing for these guys. They had to play hard, and they had to play together, and they had to focus - I'm really happy for all of these guys.
When you cover a team that is 12-34, you often times have to look at the world a little differently. You look for silver linings and moral victories so you have something to write about that isn't entirely negative and depressing. You can call me a glass half full guy or call me an optimist or even crazy, but I think ...
Late news from yesterday- Kings.com's Nate Rose is reporting that starting power forward Jason Thompson is a no-go tonight against the Boston Celtics. Veteran Samuel Dalembert, who has had tremendous success over the last few games, will start in Thompson's place.
Before the injury to Thompson, Coach Paul Westphal
After not just a rough start to the season, but the happenings of this week, the Kings needed something to work in their favor. If you remember back to Thursday, I asked Coach Paul Westphal
if he thought that the Carl Landry situation might help to galvanize this team. Here was his answer to that question then:
is a completely likable guy. On January 6, 2011, he won the 300th game of his career, a feat that he was unaware of until after the game. Unfortunately, as the coach of the Sacramento Kings, Westphal has lost more games than he or anyone else would like. There are certainly many reasons for the losses, ...
Negative attention follows DeMarcus Cousins like a giant rain cloud ready to burst. Questions about his maturity, questions about his physique and questions about his potential for disaster caused one of the most offensively gifted big men the NBA has seen in years, to slide down the draft board to the Sacramento Kings ...
In a season of disappointments, the Kings' loss last night to the Golden State Warriors seemed to exemplify the team's immaturity and lack of self discipline. In case you've missed it, rookie DeMarcus Cousins got caught on camera doing this:
Unfortunately, big Cuz and his team proved to be the chokers in one of the ...
Immediately after the Kings’ final possession against the Dallas Mavericks failed, Paul Westphal
was under scrutiny from those who watched the Kings lose at home in probably their best game of the young season.
But after watching it a couple of times, I have to say there was nothing wrong with the play call. It was ...
In yet another strange turn of events, the struggling Sacramento Kings have decided to move fourth year power forward Carl Landry to the bench in favor of last year's starter Jason Thompson. Landry opened the door when he overslept and missed shoot-around before Saturday night's loss to the Bulls. Thompson took advantage, ...
How We Feeling?
Totally awesome and then SOOOO the total opposite of awesome.
The Kings came out with energy. Evans came out destroying the Bulls and their staunch defensive efforts after he frustratingly missed his first two layups of the game. Samuel Dalembert and Jason Thompson controlled the paint. Donté Greene was the ...