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Demarcus Cousins Vs. Paul Westphal: Should Pro Athletes Have The Power To Get Their Coaches Fired?

Submitted by on January 8, 2012 – 12:08 am2 Comments

That’s exactly what happened in Sacramento. Of course, no one in the front office is willing to admit it, but Sacramento Kings post threat (and temper tantrum thrower) Demarcus Cousins got legendary coach Paul Westphal fired.

How did he do it, you ask? He threw another of his tantrums and then asked to be traded. In response, Westphal told him to stay away from the team for awhile. Evidently, the two just haven’t gotten along.

The crazy thing about all of this is that Westphal has a reputation for being a mild-mannered coach. He doesn’t yell or insult those who play for him. He calmly and methodically asks them to do certain things on the court. Thus, it’s tough to say why Cousins doesn’t like him.

However, what is easy to see is that in professional sports, the players make more than the coaches. Therefore, the coaches are much more expendable and in a situation that comes down to a choice between player and coach, pro sports teams will just about always choose the player.

Furthermore, Cousins, an undersized center in his sophomore year with the league who averages 13 points and 11 rebounds, still has a lot to learn before he should be given such power to influence a team. Sometimes, even if you disagree or fail to see things eye to eye, you have to do the best you can with what you have instead of complaining about what you want when the going gets tough. That’s a lesson only maturity can teach.

Ask Kobe Bryant, who influenced the Lakers to get rid of Phil Jackson (who went on to write a book about the Lakers and their demise). After a terrible season, Bryant realized that – as good as he thought he was on the court – he could not win a championship without Phil, who was subsequently re-hired the very next season.

Cousins needs to realize very quickly that he is not irreplaceable (no Beyonce). Seriously, what will they do the next time he demands a trade?

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