May 18, 1988 |
Bill Westphal, the Occidental College basketball coach who was forced by the school to give up a coaching job in the World Basketball League because it was in violation of NCAA guidelines, will replace his brother, former NBA star Paul Westphal, as the coach at Grand Canyon College in Phoenix. A news conference was scheduled for this morning on the campus of the Arizona school.
January 17, 1996 |
Hailed for guiding the Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals three years ago but labeled a loser when his team of walking wounded fell below .500, coach Paul Westphal was fired Tuesday. Westphal, dismissed by Sun President Jerry Colangelo, was replaced by his predecessor, Cotton Fitzsimmons, who will be coaching his fifth NBA club and will be in charge of the Suns for the third time.
March 16, 2006 |
Paul Westphal resigned as men's basketball coach at Pepperdine on Wednesday after being told the school intended to make a coaching change. "I value Paul, who is a quality coach and one of the nicest, most ethical men that I know," Pepperdine Athletic Director John Watson said afterward. "But I also felt the program needed a change. I met with Paul this morning and shared that view." Westphal, 55, was an All-American player at USC and a five-time NBA All-Star.
April 24, 1992 |
Two NBA coaches were fired and one was kicked upstairs. Fired were Paul Westhead, whose racehorse offensive style resulted in the Denver Nuggets' two worst seasons, and Frank Hamblen, whose Milwaukee Bucks had their worst season in 13 years. Cotton Fitzsimmons, credited with turning the Phoenix Suns into one of the NBA's best in his four seasons, said he will stop coaching and rejoin the Suns' front office.
February 1, 1999 |
The man in the middle will be new. So, apparently, will Gary Payton's backcourt mate. Paul Westphal, who replaced George Karl as the Seattle SuperSonic coach, probably will go with free-agent addition Billy Owens as his starting shooting guard. Westphal likes the 6-foot-9 Owens' size--and versatility. Owens, signed along with former Sacramento teammate Olden Polynice after the NBA lockout, also can play small forward and point guard.
May 8, 1993 |
To show their appreciation after Phoenix won twice at the Forum and pushed the Lakers to a decisive fifth game Sunday at Phoenix, about 5,000 fans welcomed the Suns' charter flight from Los Angeles early Friday morning. Coach Paul Westphal, however, wasn't happy to see them. "I don't blame them for coming out, but if they would have told me they were planning a celebration, I would have told them not to do it," an angry Westphal told the Arizona Republic.
April 9, 2011 |
What broken economic model? AEG President Tim Leiweke on the improving media environment for sports leagues: "We could see a doubling or tripling of media rights still come. Live is live. Live programming is everything. " Taking one for the team Knicks Coach Mike D'Antoni , who reportedly opposed the Carmelo Anthony trade: "The bottom line, either you're going to be a team player, as we ask our players to do, and if it's better for the organization to do it, you do it. And it's not, 'Oh my, what's going to happen to me?
November 18, 2001 |
Paul Westphal appeared totally relaxed Saturday afternoon as he settled into his seat on Pepperdine's bench for the season opener against Cal State Fullerton. The Waves allowed their new coach to maintain his calm throughout the game with a 75-58 nonconference victory against the undermanned Titans before 1,577 at Firestone Fieldhouse.
November 28, 2000 |
Seattle SuperSonic Coach Paul Westphal was fired Monday, 15 games into a season marked by discord and losses. Seattle was expected to be stronger this season with the acquisition of center Patrick Ewing, but the team is 6-9. The dismissal comes days after an on-court shouting match between Westphal and star guard Gary Payton during a game in Dallas. Nate McMillan, an assistant under Westphal and well liked by the players, was made interim coach.
April 28, 2004 |
Pepperdine men's basketball Coach Paul Westphal said he would be interested in the Boston Celtics' coaching vacancy if he is contacted by the team. Westphal, who has been at Pepperdine the last three seasons, began his playing career in Boston and coached Danny Ainge, the Celtics' director of basketball operations, when the two were in Phoenix. "I love my job here," Westphal said Tuesday. "But there are a few jobs out there that I'd be crazy not to look at them.