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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wizards Put Flip Saunders Out of Misery

One time in middle school I had to read a book called "Wringer." It was about a boy who was forced to break the necks of pigeons, which were shot in a contest, in order to put them out of their misery. On Tuesday, the Washington Wizards did something like that to Flip Saunders.

Saunders had been at the helm the last two full seasons where the Wizards won 49 total games. This year they had two wins. Not only that, as I wrote in a previous post, they have the league's worst offense. He was surrounded by some young talent, but generally had a lot of dummies as well. It appears that the players had given up on Saunders and with guys like Nick Young, Andray Blatche, and Rashard Lewis, it might not be surprising that there was an attitude problem in the locker room. 

I feel for Saunders. He always had a defeated look on his face on the sidelines, more befitting someone alone at  last call in a bar than an NBA head coach. Also, he's had a rough career of near misses, going to 4 conference finals (3 with Detroit, 1 with Minnesota) and never getting to the finals. He also oversaw 7 straight first round exits in Minnesota. With the way things go in the NBA, I'm sure he could get another shot somewhere if he wants. Let's just hope he doesn't end up in another place with player attitude issues like Washington. I'd hate to see them call the wringer again.

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