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HISTORY IS REPEATING ITSELF I wanted to share this with you all on how history is repeating itself...

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HISTORY IS REPEATING ITSELF I wanted to share this with you all on how history is repeating itself with PW. I did not recall all of the details of Phoenix and Seattle but someone else did the research so all credit goes to Section 101 at kingsfans.com 1. Loose Ships' Sink Coaches, Suns' Westphal Warned December 17, 1995|By Sam Smith, Tribune Pro Basketball Writer. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1995-12-17/sports/9512170131_1_paul-westphal-charles-barkley-tim-hardaway "I don't know if it's Paul's fault or not for not defining (the roles). Paul's philosophy more than anything is, `If it works, stay with it whether it's right or wrong.' - Charles Barkley 2. Westphal Takes The Fall Suns Fire Him January 17, 1996|By Sam Smith, Tribune Pro Basketball Writer. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-01-17/sports/9601170070_1_barkley-and-kevin-johnson-paul-westphal-suns-all-star (Kevin) Johnson, who never quite accepted Barkley usurping his role on the team, also has felt betrayed by Westphal when Westphal used Elliott Perry for him. Team insiders said Colangelo had grown increasingly uneasy with Westphal's style --Ainge reportedly declined to join the coaching staff in the off-season because of philosophical differences with Westphal--and had to be persuaded twice by Fitzsimmons to remain patient." From Phoenix to Seattle... 3. Sonics Lift Suspension After Payton Apologizes To Westphal The Press Box.November 23, 2000|By Mark Shapiro. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2000-11-23/sports/0011230096_1_paul-westphal-fined-suspension Hours after suspending All-Star guard Gary Payton on Wednesday for at least one game for arguing with coach Paul Westphal the Seattle SuperSonics lifted the sanction, saying Payton had apologized. Payton played in Wednesday night's game in San Antonio. "I made the call," Westphal said before tipoff. "The reason for the suspension was to make things better." The two met for an hour and a half and "things got better," Westphal said. "There's no reason for the suspension anymore." Earlier in the day, team President Wally Walker said in a statement that Payton's suspension was "for conduct detrimental to the team." Payton had to be restrained after confronting Westphal during a timeout in the fourth quarter Tuesday night in Dallas. 4. PRO BASKETBALL; Westphal Is Fired by Sonics After Feuding With Players Published: November 28, 2000 http://www.nytimes.com/2000/11/28/sports/pro-basketball-westphal-is-fired-by-sonics-after-feuding-with-players.html?src=pm On Nov. 6, after a game with Orlando, Payton, Vin Baker and Ewing reportedly shouted at some teammates about their poor effort. Some players questioned Westphal's ability. Westphal, who was in an office, reportedly came into the locker room and said he would step down as coach if that was what the team wanted. The dispute came just four days into the season. Walker said Westphal was frustrated by his team's bickering and insubordination.

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