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Kings fire Paul Westfail

The problem in Sacramento has been solved — at least for the time being.

The Kings fired head coach Paul Westphal this afternoon after two-plus underachieving seasons with the team. Either Westphal or DeMarcus Cousins had to go, and Kings’ management chose our man Boogie to keep around.

NBA writer Tom Zeller said it best: “This is the message: you cannot distract everyone from the terrible job you’re doing by loudly treating a 21-year-old like a bad donkey.”

Boogie wins. All is right in the world.

Go Kings.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

41 Comments for Kings fire Paul Westfail



  1. knightynight
    3:12 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    first! boom!



  2. Designated Drinker
    3:15 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Yep. 21 year old kid can’t be blamed for a Veteran coaches shortcomings. Just like the real world, you have talent working for you and don’t produce results, you will be fired before the talent is. It’s the coaches job to coach/ manage not the employees or players. Go Boogie.



  3. Floyd the Barber
    3:15 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Bet PW never called Cousins a donkey to his face!



  4. MemphisCat
    3:17 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Now Boogie needs to put up All-Star numbers the rest of the year to show everyone that the owners made the right decision.



  5. BigBlueFan31
    3:18 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    No Coach Cal you can NOT go to Sac-town to coach Boogie and Tyreke!



  6. Ciggy
    3:24 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    boogie NEEDS to show what he can do, or I fear he will be a bust. The owners choose him, he needs to prove he deserves to be there.



  7. witchblade
    3:26 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Relax, ciggy



  8. What's he doing to Wojo?
    3:28 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Stephen A. just reported a package deal was in the works to send Boogie to Toronto! WTF?



  9. Space between John Hoods jersey and chest
    3:30 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Hope Buggie shows up now?



  10. gameday
    3:36 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/powerrankings/_/show/middle

    Doug Gottlieb has us ranked 4th in the nation behind Syracuse, OSU and UNC…what a joke. In other news, some other guy has us as #1.



  11. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    3:38 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    #5 – and Chuck!



  12. Jon O
    3:40 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Boogie is an all star talent and his career all star apperences will reflect such… WRITE IT DOWN AND PUT A STAMP ON IT.



  13. BPsycho
    3:44 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Uh thank you.



  14. BPsycho
    3:46 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    In this pic he’s telling his players: Yeah the ball, put it in the hole, I think we get points or something if you do.



  15. Mark Wilson
    3:51 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    REMEMBER TO VOTE YOUR WILDCATS INTO THE NBA ALLSTAR GAME!!! NBA.COM



  16. Will
    3:52 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    It is a general understanding that Boogie can be immature at times. Big deal, he is still a kid. But this really goes to show that there was more to this situation than Boogie getting upset. Looks like he was upset at a incompetent coach that got what was coming by throwing an outspoken player under the bus.



  17. Stan
    3:52 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I love Boogie, but he needs to mature. I never liked Westphal, glad he’s gone!



  18. Leslie Chow
    3:56 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    “It’s funny because he’s fat!”



  19. Ukblue7
    3:57 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I like cousins but I’ve seen plays where he didn’t get past half court on defense, and not on a fast break. The guy cries after every foul call and honestly I know he needs to grow up and has dominating potential at times, but there’s also the times where it’s embarrassing to watch the way he acts on the court and maintain that I’m a fan of the guy.



  20. nolablue
    3:58 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I’d like to meet someone at any age who isn’t immature at times. Boogie has just
    gotten pegged, so now anytime he does something… people are gonna say
    “Oh see, that’s how he is” without also remembering all the wonderful,
    fantastic, mature things he does. Bein’ that he’s a good guy though,
    I believe in time he will be remembered for his playing above everything else.

    GO BOOGIE! GO CATS!!!

    Errr… what happend to the Knicks the other night?!? DAGGUMMIT!



  21. BPsycho
    3:59 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Long Live BTI!



  22. random hero
    4:15 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Now all this falls on the shoulders of Boogie on going. I hope he produces, I hope he Hows to the hall of fame, but now its time to go forward.



  23. Me
    4:26 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Suck on that EX-coach, westphal.

    Thanks for proving you are expendable.



  24. BigBlueFan31
    4:50 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    #11….I know chuck is there, but Cal did not coach Chuck.



  25. Dane Brammage
    4:57 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I love Barkley. So I was concerned in regards to a comment attributed to him obo Big CUZ which was that ‘NBA’ is an acronym for: No Babies Allowed. Again, I admire Sir Charles; but Boogie reminds me of Barkley in many ways. Perhaps Sir Charles was simply restating what had been said to him as a young NBA player?



  26. Women Everywhere
    5:04 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Taking bets….how long until the first big “Calipari to Sacramento” rumor



  27. theWilkman
    5:27 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder if Colin Cowherd will take back all the venom he’s spewed about Boogie the past few days… Something in me doubts it, though.



  28. papaw
    5:38 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Chuck might be great for Boogie.



  29. Crystal Balls
    5:42 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    10- Gottlieb is a stupid SOB. It amazes me how guys like him and Mike Greenberg could ever wind up with their own show.



  30. bung
    5:46 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I said a few days ago the coach was using him for cover…now if their guards will just pass the ball…we know Cuz is a good guy.



  31. Han
    6:09 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Rick Barnes has taken his name out of consideration for the Kings job.



  32. Hal
    6:37 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    31- that stopped being funny 5 years ago



  33. Bubba Earl
    6:53 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Is Mr. Gotlieb listed in the HUGE paperback of Jewish Sports Stars!



  34. AbeFromanSK
    7:10 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Boogie will always win.

    Always.



  35. Gavin S.
    7:15 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    First Duke loses, now this. A good week by any measure.



  36. Syrin
    7:26 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    I hope I’m wrong, but Cuz will have problems with the next coach as well. He’s had problems with every coach he’s ever played for.



  37. BigBlueSkyDog
    8:42 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    What is strange about this situation is that we saw Cal jump Boogie’s @ss as much as any player, yet Boogie still respected Cal and would run through a brick wall for him. I don’t think Westphal made much of an effort to earn respect with Boogie. He probably treated him like just another rookie. Westphal also aired his dirty laundry in public and that was low class. I’m not saying Boogie was an angel. I hope somebody is talking to him about learning to control his anger.



  38. C AUK FAN
    10:38 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Cal treated Boogie like a person, Westphal treated him like a donkey. More people need to be like Boogie and let folks know when they are being disrespectful instead of just taking it. Of course it help to be almost 7 feet tall.



  39. Kieth Smart at the buzzer
    11:54 pm January 5, 2012 Permalink

    Westphal out, Kieth Smart in.



  40. Kwildcat
    8:20 am January 6, 2012 Permalink

    27 – Colin Cowherd is a tool and you will become one soon if you keep watching and listening to him – focus o the chick!!



  41. Drew R.
    12:06 pm January 6, 2012 Permalink

    #27 Kornheiser already mentioned Cal for the job on Around the Horn.