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Sacramento Kings Notes, Quotes 2009-06-21

Sacramento Kings Notes, Quotes 2009-06-21
--The coaching search that ended with Paul Westphal being hired as the Kings' coach came with plenty of twists and turns, not the least of which was the final curve.

After the hiring became official, reported that Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis had turned down an official offer for the job before it went to Westphal. But Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie indicated otherwise, saying that all three final candidates -- Rambis, Westphal and Boston associate head coach Tom Thibodeau -- had been asked to agree to a pay structure in advance before a decision would be made on the final hire. According to the Sacramento Bee, Rambis' agent had asked for more time to make a decision, at which point the Kings declined and decided to opt for Westphal. Thibodeau, according to Petrie, had pulled out of the race early on June 9 before a decision was made.

--It is no secret that the Kings are focused on adding a point guard or two in the June 25 draft. And from June 16 to June 18, they spent time with one of the most high-profile point guards in the world.

Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio visited the Kings for a 48-hour stay to discuss the notion of him coming to Sacramento as the No. 4 pick. Rubio -- who continues to deal with his current contract with DKV Joventut and a $6.6 million buyout that hasn't gone away just yet -- said he looks forward to playing somewhere they badly want to see him play.

"I come here to play and to play the minutes," Rubio told The Sacramento Bee in an exclusive interview. "I didn't come here to play in the NBA, and (be) done. No, I want to be a really good point guard here in the best league in the world, and I want to have minutes. So I have to find the team who wants me, who really wants me."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The game I like to coach and appreciate watching is a very pragmatic game, based on teamwork and tough defense, unselfish offense and people buying in and rooting for each other and fighting for a common goal. I think that's the most fun way to play and the most fun (game) to watch." -- Kings coach Paul Westphal, on his approach to the game.

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Added: June 21, 2009


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