Former NBA and college basketball coach and player Paul Westphal, who coached the Sacramento Kings for several seasons, passed away Jan. 2 after a battle with brain cancer in Scottsdale, Arizona, according to a release by the University of Southern California, where he once played.
On Jan. 2, the Sacramento Kings issued a statement on the passing of Westphal, the 23rd head coach in franchise history (2009-12).
“The Sacramento Kings organization is deeply heartbroken to learn of the passing of Paul Westphal. “Westy” created a storied legacy in the game of basketball as a Hall of Fame player, decorated coach and broadcast analyst. We are extremely grateful that a part of his incredible career was spent in Sacramento with the Kings.
“Along with the numerous accolades and achievements he earned on the court, he was a true gentleman who treated everyone he encountered with remarkable kindness, humility and candor, making an indelible impact on so many across our sport.