Westphal relieved of duties. Smart to coach tonight.
After last night’s abysmal performance in Denver, the Kings have decided to make a coaching change.
KINGS RELIEVE PAUL WESTPHAL OF COACHING DUTIES
SACRAMENTO, CA —- The Sacramento Kings today relieved Paul Westphal of his head coaching duties, according to President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie. Current Kings’ assistant coach Keith Smart will serve as head coach in tonight’s game versus the Milwaukee Bucks.
“I want to thank Paul for all of his effort on behalf of the Kings,” said Petrie. “Unfortunately, the overall performance level of the team has not approached what we felt was reasonable to expect. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
In two-plus seasons as head coach of the Kings, Westphal amassed a record of 51-120.
“I would like to thank the Maloof family for the incredible opportunity they gave me to participate in the attempt to bring the Sacramento Kings back to prominence,” said Westphal. “While the job is far from finished, I am proud of the strides we were able to make.
“Geoff Petrie and his staff have been nothing but honest and supportive throughout my time here. They are first class in every way and I wish them nothing but success. My hope is to see the fans of the Kings and the city of Sacramento rewarded with many years of great basketball.
“Finally, I want to thank my loyal staff and players for their efforts in attempting to climb out of the hole we shared. Nothing comes easy in the NBA and I know they will not rest in their efforts to rebuild this team.”
Coach Westphal has always been a class act to us here at Cowbell Kingdom. We wish him well in his post-Kings life.
Keith Smart will serve as head coach for this evening, but surprisingly, the Kings have not immediately placed the “interim” tag on him for the remainder of the season. Smart led the Golden State Warriors to a 36-46 record last season, a ten game improvement over the previous season.