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R.I.P. Paul Westphal

The former Kings coach passed away at the age of 70.

Former Sacramento Kings head coach Paul Westphal has died at the age of 70, according to writer Mike Lupica.

Westphal had been diagnosed with brain cancer last year but maintained his privacy throughout his battle.

Westphal coached with the Kings from 2009-2011, lasting just a few games into the 2011-12 season after publicly feuding with DeMarcus Cousins.

In addition to his lengthy coaching career, Westphal was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his achievements as a player where he was a five-time All-Star and won a championship with the Celtics in 1974.

Our thoughts are with his wife, Cindy, and the rest of his family and loved ones. Rest In Peace, Coach.

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January 2, 2021 11:17 am

R.I.P. Coach! Prayers to the Westphal Family!

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January 2, 2021 11:22 am

R.I.P. Coach Westphal. Condolences to his family.

Gotta put this on here one more time for him:comment image

And fuck cancer.

January 2, 2021 12:02 pm
Reply to  Klam

That picture/tweet is the first thing that popped into my mind, will forever remain a classic moment in Kangz history.
RIP Coach.

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January 2, 2021 11:23 am

Damn. This is sad to hear.

2020 is just not letting go, is she? Fuck Cancer

January 2, 2021 11:33 am
Reply to  Adamsite

Sadly, things don’t reset automatically at the start of a new year.

January 2, 2021 12:04 pm
Reply to  RikSmits

And it’s 2021.
The constant bickering about 2020 is getting stranger and stranger, sorry to break it to you, but 2021 isn’t looking any better. We all have to put our big boy pants on and deal with this thing called life.

January 2, 2021 11:31 am

Oh shit.

RIP coach Westphal.
Strength to his friends and families.

January 2, 2021 12:14 pm

So sad to hear. Rest in peace, Coach.

January 2, 2021 12:41 pm

R.I.P. Coach Westphal. Condolences to his family and friends. May his memory be a blessing to you all.

January 2, 2021 12:43 pm

Met Mr. Westphal once – he treated me with great courtesy & warmth. Prayers to the Westphal family, and may he rest in peace.

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January 2, 2021 12:52 pm
Reply to  RobHessing

That’s awesome, how did you manage to meet him there?

January 2, 2021 1:40 pm
Reply to  Klam

He put on his pants

January 2, 2021 1:54 pm
Reply to  Timmy_13

Are we sure? I can’t tell by that picture.

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January 2, 2021 2:00 pm
Reply to  Mike120

Cropped on purpose…

January 3, 2021 6:53 pm
Reply to  Mike120

Yeah, no evidence of pants whatsoever.

January 2, 2021 2:03 pm
Reply to  Timmy_13

Film at 11

January 2, 2021 2:36 pm
Reply to  Klam

I think that invite came via Andrew Nicholson, who is on the far right of the pic. I was writing / co-editing pretty heavily for StR at the time, and Andrew was always good to us.

January 2, 2021 12:45 pm

Always welcoming, always friendly, always a joy to be around. RIP coach.

January 2, 2021 12:48 pm

R.I.P Coach Westphal! Condolences to his family.

January 2, 2021 1:38 pm

RIP Coach Westphal. What a shitty way to start the year. I will never forget Reke ROY and that whole magical year. That year brought a certain type of joy that I will always covet despite the losing record and Paul was part of that.

January 2, 2021 1:52 pm

Rest in Peace, Coach. <3

January 2, 2021 1:53 pm

God has a new Shooting Guard in Heaven. Always seemed like a very decent person. Rest In Peace.

January 2, 2021 2:38 pm

Sad. I always liked Westphal, and hindsight says he was right about some things that the org took a long time to realize.

January 2, 2021 2:53 pm

Four fingers down. FUC.

January 2, 2021 3:10 pm


January 2, 2021 8:09 pm

A great player and greater man ! RIP

January 3, 2021 12:27 am

His basic decency as a man was not equipped to deal with DMC’s immaturity and sense of entitlement. My prayers are with the Westphal family and to the many people who respected and loved him in a way we will never know. I have no doubts that there were many people he encountered in his everyday life whose day was made just a little bit better for having met him.

January 3, 2021 6:54 pm

Too bad we chose DeSuckus instead of Coach Westphal.

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