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January 5, 2012
Video: Geoff Petrie press conference

Geoff Petrie addresses the media regarding the Kings' coaching change.

Geoff Petrie, the Kings' president of basketball operations, announced at a news conference this afternoon that Keith Smart has been named the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

The team announced earlier today that former head coach Paul Westphal had been fired following the Kings' 2-5 start to the 2011-12 season.

* Petrie said he talked with Kings co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof "at length" on Wednesday and recommended that the coaching change "was probably necessary."

* Petrie downplayed the idea that a rift between Westphal and DeMarcus Cousins was a deciding factor in the decision to fire Westphal. "A lot of this goes to the greater areas of the way the team is playing and the performance levels of a lot of the players on the team beyond DeMarcus," Petrie said.

* Petrie said of Smart: "We think he's the best guy for the job right now."

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