People are absolutely nuts. Maybe that should read fans are nuts.
I’m reading now how the Sacramento Kings should fire Paul Westphal.
This is after they go 3-3 to begin the season. Hold your water, people.
Granted, I’ve got many questions regarding what the Kings are doing and/or trying to do.
Those things I’m trying to figure out and from the looks of, so are they, coach Westphal included.
One thing I’d ask of those who believe Westphal should be fired. Did you think he should be fired when the Kings were 3-1.
If so, then OK.
If not, then shut up and quit being reactionary to a couple of losses.
One of those came against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. The other defeat was by a Memphis Grizzlies team one year ahead of the Kings in the growth process and definitely more athletic and talented at this point.
It doesn’t make a difference if the Grizzlies played two overtimes the night before. If it was six or seven overtimes, then OK, I’d see the point.
These are basically 22 to 30 year-old cats, who played 10 minutes longer than regulation. What? They can’t hoop two nights in a row. People, please?
Often times, I wonder if people who write some of the bizarre stuff they post ever really, truly laced up sneakers and competed. Most of the time, the answer I came up with is hell no.
Did you ever consider how pissed off, motivated and determine that team might be after just throwing away a game they'd dominated the night before? Isn’t that a factor?
You want to fire Westphal? Didn’t the Kings just hire homeboy? Can the man get more than one season and six games before kicking him to the curb?
Can he work with the same group of players for a minimum of two seasons so it’s clear to all what he’s trying to do? Or maybe it won't be clear and that'll also be a revelation.
An organization has to have stability and firing a coach every year or even every other year does not inspire stability.
There is no way a team can become a team without learning its rules and regulations and disciplines. Just because you have 12 players or 14 for that matter, doesn’t mean you have a team.
Teams go through adversity and become stronger as a result of lessons learned. What the Kings have is a nucleus that consists, in part, of Tyreke Evans (21 years old), DeMarcus Cousins (20), and Omri Casspi (22). Include Donte Greene (22, and his status is another discussion point), Hassan Whiteside (21) and there are five players, who still are shy of their 23rd birthdays. Add Darnell Jackson, who is 25 and has six games under his Sacramento belt and there is a collection of characters who don’t really know what they are doing.
They can’t because knowing what you are doing requires know-how. You know, doing it over and over again, like most of us have done in our given jobs/professions. And not when we were 20 or 21 or 22.
Just because these guys are tall and highly-paid doesn’t make them any different mentally or maturity-wise than others their age.
They have differing levels of maturity, intelligence and willingness to accept teaching or even acknowledge the need to be taught.
Westphal surely still is attempting to learn how to teach and reach these guys. The Kings have improved talent and size, but its collection by no means is so commanding that it is dominating.
OK, I could spend another four hours with the questions that surface with Westphal’s actions and decisions.
So, I’ll chill with those for the moment. Some of those might be answered, say, in the second or third weeks of the season. That was a joke for those of you taking this Kings thing a bit too seriously.
However, here’s a couple I hope to get the coach to answer by next week.
How many plays do you call a game? How many of those are pick and roll plays?
The Kings half-court offense often appears to have no direction. Is that because players fail to execute their roles? Or is it because it lacks direction.
How much time during practice does your team spend on defense? Is there a way to improve how stay in between your man and the basket? You know the basic concept of keeping one’s man in front of you?
So far, the Kings should be renamed the excavators since all they do is dig holes for themselves. That’s the most difficult way to win games.
Ahh, we'll get to Greene another day.