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Sacramento Kings Fire Paul Westphal. Keith Smart Takes Over for Now, Anyway.

The Kings have sent out a new release that they have fired coach Paul Westphal.
1/5/12 2:29 PM
Assistant coach Keith Smart will coach the team tonight against the Bucks.
1/5/12 2:30 PM

No doubt this was precipitated by the DeMarcus Cousins tantrum. Sacramento made a choice. They chose Cousins.

Uh, discuss. Good for Keith Smart? Will he just be an "interim"?

SB Nation's Sactown Royalty appears to have an answer for the time being:

It's worth noting that the release doesn't deem Smart the new interim head coach -- it states that "Keith Smart will serve as head coach in tonight's game versus the Milwaukee Bucks." My money is on Smart becoming the interim head coach for the remainder of the season, but that could leave open the possibility of the team seeking to bring a new head coach in or allowing one of the other assistants the opportunity to take the job.