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Flip Saunders job safe?

Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:54 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Get off to an 0-8 start and a coach's seat will start to warm a bit. But do it in a manner such as the Washington Wizards have and that seat will be on top of a bunsen burner.

The Wizards aren't just winless, but they've looked terrible. Unorganized, uninterested, uncommitted -- a lot of un words. Their young players aren't progressing, the team's chemistry seems a bit toxic and it's hard to see a way out right now other than John Wall just becoming an otherwordly LeBron-like talent.

Which would suggest that the Wizards need a fresh look, a new jolt. At least that seems to be the formula in professional sports. Can the coach, bring in a new guy and see if that changes anything. But the Wizards are sticking with Flip Saunders. At least for now. Via the Washington Post:

Despite the Wizards being off to a franchise-worst 0-8 start, the organization does not have any intention of firing Coach Flip Saunders at this time, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.

In more than two seasons with the team, Saunders is just 49-123 and the Wizards have set franchise records for consecutive road losses (25) and consecutive losses overall (16). After the Wizards suffered a humiliating 21-point home loss to Minnesota on Sunday, Saunders was asked if he felt that he was running out of chances to get through to his players.

“No I don’t fear that,” Saunders said. “I think I know the process that we’re going through, and I know it’s a painful process.”

Saunders is in the third year of a four-year, $18 million contract that he signed in April 2009.

Firing a coach doesn't always fix things, especially when you have a roster as dysfunctional as the Wizards. It's more of a question if Saunders is still getting through to his guys, if they still are listening to him and if the young players are developing correctly under him. If not, then you need a change. But if all of that is happening and the team is just losing, then maybe you have to consider the roster just stinks.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 12:03 pm

Flip Saunders job safe?

It's not Flip! Flip didn't sign up for this. He is not the right coach for this job. He is more suited for a established team. It's the roster. Look at it. No really, look at it. I get that they are rebuilding, but Flip is not the kinda motivating coach that will inspire a team. He signed up for Arenas, Jamison, Butler, Stevenson, and Haywood. He was supposed to be a cure for Eddie Jordan. Now they have a roster full of young 20 yr. olds. Coach Larry Brown comes to mind for a team like this. He loves to take a challenge like this. I dont know at this point if he's willing to do this given his age.

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:36 pm

Flip Saunders job safe?

I!m a Wiz fan and I don't like Flip. He has done nothing to improve this team. Yes I. Know he's not on the court and that his players are, BUT, time and time again he doesn't make the right calls or doesn't make adjustments to get his team back into games. Sits players that should be on the court and plays the players who don't have a clue. Wiz, it's time for a change and bring in coach that the players will respect and play hard for. Flip isn't that guy. Sorry

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:58 pm

Flip Saunders job safe?

I think there are some coaches who inspire players to give their all, keep things simple, teach effectively, and find ways to win more than the talent they have warrents. Doc Rivers is a good example. Then there are coaches who can take a talented bunch of players, keep egos in check, and figure out the best way to maximize the talents of those players into a winning system. Phil Jackson is a good example. Flip Saunders is a coach that leans more toward the latter than the former, and as such is the wrong coach for the Wizards at this time. The question is whether the Wizard's management wants to pay him $9 million to go away. The answer seems to be, not yet, apparently.

And maybe they're right not to release Saunders when they still have a mismatched, poorly assembled squad with more than one "problem child" and huge chemistry issues. Finding a Doc Rivers or a Gregg Popovich isn't an easy thing to do, anymore than trading away some of the players who don't fit or don't produce is.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:43 pm

Flip Saunders job safe?

You've got to be kidding me...

Dude should have been gone last year...This is the worst team in the NBA with Flip at head coach...They'll probably be one of the worst without Flip, but you're rubbing your "Superstar" (John Wall isn't anywhere near there. yet) the wrong way by keeping the status quo when you're failing...

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