Perspective on the Kings coaching situation

As RonTopOfIt pointed out in a great comment, the Kings won a scrappy victory against Milkwaukee last night under interim head coach Keith Smart. But clearly fans’ and players’ relief after one victory is premature; shouldn’t the new coach get at least seven games before we decide that we made the right call?

On the flipside, it wasn’t just seven games, it was 2+ seasons of misery under Westphal. I’m just asking for a little perspective: clearly it’s not just the coach’s fault. After all, as Paul Wright (@HKronin) said after @JimCrandell wondered whether there would be a coaching change, the coach doesn’t tell his players to turn the ball over, not get back on defense, to ignore the extra pass. Like RTOI said, how much actual coaching should a group of grown men actually need? Maybe some of these players are just not fundamentally sound at this point in their careers.

Jason Jones’s Bee article on last night’s game did have one detail that made me shake my head:

[P]layers – most notably guard Tyreke Evans – had become increasingly frustrated and confused by Westphal changing his offensive philosophy.

So a coaching change is going to fix the problem of a coach who changes too much?

Author: CoolDMZ

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2 thoughts on “Perspective on the Kings coaching situation”

  1. As usual, Tom Ziller over at delivers the goods.

    I reached out to Nate Parham of Golden State of Mind for a little recon on Keith Smart, the Sacramento Kings’ new (for now) head coach…Warriors fans weren’t too happy with Smart on the whole and at least 75% were somewhere between unhappy and indifferent. The reason for people’s displeasure was pretty simple: the offense often looked disorganized, they probably didn’t run the pick and roll as much as they should have given their obvious strength on the perimeter, there were some controversial substitution patterns involving Stephen Curry and one could argue that the team’s improvement was as much due to the team’s top 4-5 players being healthier as it was to coaching. I don’t know what on earth is going on in the Kings’ locker room right now, but it will be a major test to see how quickly he can come in and clean up this mess while resolving the questions about his rotations, strategy, and handling of players that Warriors fans might have had.

    Am I the only that notices the similarities between professional sports and politics?

    Bring a new guy in, things will change!

    Things don’t change.

    Bring a new, new guy in, things will certainly change?

    Nope, sorry, still no bueno.

    Could it possibly be the figure not the figurehead?


  2. I thought the Kings moved to LA after the powerband, which they were required to wear, was proven to cause DUIs, dog fighting, and speeding you car at 100 mph?


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