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Kings players on Paul Westphal’s offense: “What offense?”

Jan 1, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

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“What offense?”

When the guy who is supposed to be the anchor in the middle for your franchise for the next decade says that about the team’s offensive system, you’ve got a serious issue. You’ve got a coach on the hot seat.

You’ve got Sacramento.

In the race to the bottom for the first coach fired this year, Knicks fans were hoping that Mike D’Antoni was leading the way, but then Flip Saunders surged when he couldn’t fill out the lineup correctly (plus the Wizards are a mess).

Paul Westphal should have been on the hot seat last offseason, but in Sacramento there were much bigger issues to focus on than the coach. Like keeping the team in Sacramento. But there still seems to be plenty of friction between staff and plyers, enough friction to make the coach’s seat hot. Here are some player quotes from the Sacramento Bee after Saturday’s thumping at the hands of D’Antoni’s Knicks (hat tip to Tom Ziller at SBN):

“What offense?” DeMarcus Cousins replied when asked about the Kings’ most obvious weakness. “I really don’t want to say anything.” He shrugged. He shook his head. He exhaled. He ducked under a towel. His body said plenty….

“It seems like everybody is out there for themselves. He (Westphal) says to push the ball, but it’s like when the first pass gets through, we’re done,” Tyreke Evans said.

Then from another Bee article:

“I just try to get open as I can and create,” Evans said. “It’s no real set for me, nobody really in the offense. Just pass, cut. We lost; nobody really knows what to do. I think that’s what’s really hurting us right now.”

Westphal’s contract runs through the end of the season and in cost-conscious Sacramento that may be enough to keep his job until then. But right now there is a team in central California with real potential that seems to just be adrift, and as the losses mount pressure to make a change will grow. Fast. This is a team that should be better than it has looked this season (or last, frankly).

  1. glink123 - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    way to go, David Stern. way to force this team into limbo. the NBA *needs* to contract 4 teams, and it needs to do it NOW.

    • zidanevalor - Jan 1, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      And who is going to pay for these teams to contract? There is a reason teams don’t contract: the owner of the franchise would need to be paid, agreed upon deals need to be settled, loans need to be paid, et cetera. They figure it would cost MLB owners 1 Billion dollars just to contract the Rays. Who is going to pay for 4 teams to be contracted?

  2. smcgaels1997 - Jan 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Contraction is due to lack of support not a teams inability to play. This city has supported that franchise futile or not, so please don’t insult us with this talk. Save it for a city that doesn’t care like Minnesota

    • p1nch3dloaf - Jan 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Oh they can play alright, watched them put up a good battle against the Blazers last week. Blazers experience pulled out the win. Kings are a talented young squad that lacks direction. The lockout really hurt them. Give them some time…just a little too early to be throwing PW under the bus.

    • Justin - Jan 1, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Minnesota is 0-3 and in the middle of one of their worst 2 years as far as records go. However, they have sold out their first 2 home games and commonly have higher attendance than teams like Charlotte and Memphis. Just because a team is bad doesn’t mean a city doesn’t care. At least look something up before you start dropping your “knowledge.”

      • nbascreed - Jan 1, 2012 at 7:49 PM

        Uh…yeah…I live in Minnesota and am a fan. No one has cared since KG left town and attendance has dwindled year after year. Don’t use a 2 game sample this year against the Thunder and Heat (two of the leagues biggest draws) as evidence that Minnesota cares about the Wolves. Rubio is exciting but if we’re 2-8 after game 10 then attendance will trend back towards the mean in a hurry.

      • Justin - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:02 AM

        I was talking about last years attendance numbers when I compared them to memphis and charlotte.

    • trey14jewels - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:55 AM

      Minnesota is a city?… Contract the Kings, they suck!

  3. bparmalee - Jan 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    DeMarcus Cousins is a bum. He was a bum in college and he will be a bum in the NBA. If you look at his stats last season the majority of his shots were jumpers. He doesnt seem to have the heart or the will to play in the NBA. The Kings made a terrible pick with him and they should move him…if he can be moved. The Kings would not be one of the teams contracted (see Charlotte, New Orleans) their fans are great and they have great ownership. They just need to get rid of their selfish players…starting with Cousins.

    • LPad - Jan 1, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      kind of hard to post up without defined offensive sets.

      • bparmalee - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:22 PM

        I am sure they have plays….. you cant really take Cousins word on anything. He wants a trade now so…yeah. Paul Westphal gets the benefit of the doubt in this situation.

      • LPad - Jan 1, 2012 at 10:20 PM

        Um, did you read the quotes from Evans? It’s not just Cousins saying this. Maybe you should also watch their games too. Hard to post up without any off the ball action (i.e. cross screens or curls).

  4. jonirocit - Jan 1, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Dude watch a kings game cousins looks like a ticking time bomb on every play even a class act like chuck Hayes can’t help him I think dude is a couple of beers short of a six pack.

  5. klownboy - Jan 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    The players union will NEVER agree to contraction (less jobs). I will say that I am in favor of contraction…

  6. edavidberg - Jan 1, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    I assume the Kings were ignoring Westphal and just gunning. Those guys don’t like passing the ball because they never get it back, really just a team of street ballers.

  7. wileym8 - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    minnesota does care, ive followed and lived there since terrell brandon was running the point. the fans that root for them carry around the same frustration as the vikings. mismanagement has been a problem, but jus look how the city rallied around the lynk when they finally got a system in place. its not the fans, we care.

  8. mojosmagic - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Paul Westphal is a fraud, always was and always will be. Clueless.

  9. conjecture101 - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    You should coach the team Kurt Helin, than someone can blog about how bad of a coach you are.

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