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Wizards fire Flip Saunders

Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:41 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 12:18 pm
By Matt Moore

Yahoo Sports reports that the Washington Wizards have fired Flip Saunders after a 2-15 start to the season. Ken Berger of confirms the report and saysRandy Wittman will take over as interim coach. Berger reports Saunders was fired after Wizards' loss to the 76ers Monday night in which Washington was down 30 at the half, had compiled nine assists in a half, matching Andre Iguodala's singular output, and eventually losing by 20. 

Saunders was recently reportedly not on the hot seat from management, but disappointing losses to the struggling Boston Celtics in a winnable game at home, followed by a thrashing by the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night may have changed ownership's mind. The Wizards had shown some signs of life recently, beating Oklahoma City last week and losing to the Nuggets and Celtics in close games. But at 2-14, well, horseshoes and hand grenades. 

The Wizards have struggled in nearly every phase of the game this season, incoherent offense, a lost defense, poor chemistry and regression from the franchise cornerstone in John Wall. If the report is accurate, it was probably time to see if someone else can try and right a ship that has gone so terribly off-course.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:25 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

Flip cannot coach! Lets get it right. He had a good Detroit team after Larry Brown left. Problem was players were paying attention to Flip. Just like the Wizards. He doesn't command respect! I remeber when Detroit was playing the Cavaliers awhile back and they were getting beat. At halftime, Chris Webber said and I quote " that palyers in the locker room are not listening to Flip. Not even paying attention to him. He can't even handle youngsters! Goodbye Flip. I say this because I live here in the DMV= DC, MD, and VA area.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:24 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

I agree with everything you stated with the exception of letting go of Booker.  He is one of the few big men the Izards have that will muscle up on someone.  The next guy on the chopping block besides those other players should be Ernie Grunfield.  Regardless of whether people blame him or not, its time for a new direction inclusive of GM.  This team may not win 10 games this year, but atleast show that you are serious about making a move to get them better.  Especially when tickets are going to less than $2 on various websites.  That is ridiculous for an NBA game.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:24 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

Randy Whittman.... it seems like he is always the replacement coach....  Flip was/os a good coach and i'm sure he'll alnd on his feet somewhere.  the Wizards are so bad in so many aresa, it's hard to watch them game after game.. so maybe a new voice will help them to win a few more games, but the roster needs a major overhaul, Red Auerbach couldn't make this group into a winner....

Bring on the #1 draft pick.... but knowing the Wizards' luck, they'll drop to 3rd during the lottery.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:24 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

Flip Saunders was not a good fit here...I think he could be a fine coach somewhere, I would love to see him here back in Minnesota coaching the Gophers...Tubby may be a great coach(or was) but he certainly hasn't delivered the recruits or enough wins to warrant keeping him around.

I think the problem in Washington is a lot bigger than Flip, there are a lot more people running that organization that need to hit the road...Flip did not create that mess that is the Wizards.  I do feel he lost his players(however the talent level there is minimal).  Poor drafting, bad trades and the lack of making any impact in free agency are all someone elses responsibilities other than Flip.  I am not defending Flip by any means but I do think the ownership needs to look deeper at why this team is failing.  Try looking in the mirror, perhaps that would paint a better picture of the Wizards problems.  In the world of sports, both professional and amateur teams are too quick to fire a coach for the mis-steps of the organization.  I also think it is too bad teams can't fire players for lack of production.  The one thing the NFL has going for it is that they don't guarantee all the money in contracts, the players at least to some point have to earn it.   


Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:22 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

Randy Wittman? Again? wasnt he the interim after doug collins? and Eddie Jordan? come on! give Sam Cassell a shot. the guys seem to really like him. I think hes ready.

Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:19 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

This went south right after they dumped all that money into Agent Zero after his knee injury to be honest.  This team is just not playing well and needs leadership bad.  Wall is trying but the rest of the bunch is so inconsistent.  Too much youth/role players and simply dead weight, like Andre Blatche.  If you can't put the ball in the hoop, they cannot take advantage of Wall's playmaking and McGhee's shot blocking and defensive ability.  Nick Young is gone, trade him and Blatche.  Play Jamal Crawford, he is your two guard.  Wave byb bye too to Lewis, Seraphin, Ndiaye, Mason, and Booker.  This team has enough role players.  Start Wall, Crawford, Vesely, Singleton, and McGhee.  Cannot do any worse and right now they really cannot do any better.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:18 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:11 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

As a a brilliant 4 year old once said, "YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY".

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:07 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

Praise Jesus!!!

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:01 pm

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Flip can coach, those that are willing...

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