Kings pick up option on Westphal

The Sacramento Kings have picked up the option on the contract

of coach Paul Westphal for the 2011-12 season.

Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie made the

announcement Monday before the team played its final home game of

the season against Houston.

The Kings are 25-55 with two games remaining in Westphal’s first

season as coach. That’s tied with Golden State and Washington for

the third-worst record in the NBA, but an improvement over last

year’s 17-win season.