The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Paul Westphal. He has been with the Kings for about two seasons and leaves with a record of 51-120. Assistant coach Keith Smart will take over until a replacement is found.
“The overall performance level of the team has not approached what we felt was reasonable to expect,” said the Kings president of basketball operations, Geoff Petrie, in a news release.
Westphal saidn in a new release, “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.”
The Kings are in last place in the Pacific Division which does not help their chance of building a new arena. “No one want’s to support a losing team” said one fan we asked. The Maloofs have given Sacramento a March 1 deadline to approve a plan to help finance a new arena, or the franchise would again explore relocation. From The Capitol was the first to report the move to Anaheim last year. The decision was made to move, but the City of Anaheim could not come through with the needed financing. Both Sacramento and Anaheim have had a year to work on financing.