Sunday, January 1, 2012
Sacramento Kings Players Aren't In Lockstep With The Coaches
It doesn't look good when two of your supposed future cornerstones are questioning what the coach is drawing up on the sidelines. I know Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins aren't the model citizens of the NBA, but if they have doubt in the coach and respected veteran Chuck Hayes feeling like he made a bad move by signing with the Kings, it may be time to cut bait with Westphal.
"Teams go on 10-0 runs, and we cave in," forward Chuck Hayes said.
"It's like we shoot because we haven't put up a shot after three times up and down the court," Hayes said.
Hayes is probably wondering what he signed up for.
"What offense?" Cousins replied when asked about the Kings' most obvious weakness. "I really don't want to say anything."
"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," Evans said.
From what I saw is that there is too much dribbling and not enough cohesion on a team that some thought would show some improvement this season.
"Everybody keeps blaming the coach, about the plays, the plays not (being) good, but, hey, it be like that sometime," Evans said. "You've just got to play."
"We just look lost, "Evans said. "We're just playing off our natural talent to get our points. It's terrible right now. We've just got to figure something out."
"I don't know what that was," center DeMarcus Cousins said. "Running the offense coach tells us to run. Just doing what coach say. Got to do what your coach say."
Let me translate those thoughts. We're only doing what coach tells us but the plan he has isn't working and we need to try something different.
I know players play and coaches coach, but for Westphal's sake the Kings better get it together before he finds himself out of a job.