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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: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:41 am

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

Bound to happen to a lot of teams. the strike didnt help and the teams are playing so poorly so lets blame the coach that they stink!

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:37 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

Ya, and kinda sucks that the guy tried so hard with Arenas only to have that "backfire"!!  Then he loses Jamison which is whatever, he was gettin old but hes still good even now. Either way, if this team made a couple acquisitions they could have formed a great team around wall.  I mean, look what happened with the Bulls with D-Rose!! Yes I'm comparing him to rose cuz I believe he has that much upside!  Point is I dont think many coaches were gonna get results with that team at least right now, but flip seemed like one of the few guys who actually cares. Guess thats life in the bigs. 

Since: Jul 11, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:26 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

yeah the whole wizards thing has got to go, the colors are finally right though

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:14 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

 Does it really make a difference ? The NBA the players dictate who the coach is. Javale Mcgee was taught from birth to be a clown from his mother (see Washington Post story). Blatche should just join Ringling Bros., and Young is just another symptom of the disease known as the Washington Wizards. 
 Is a shame though, John Wall seems like a good kid, w/ a lot of upside, but when his contract is up, he'll join LeBron, or Kobe, or Carmello, or etc etc etc New York, L.A. etc etc....
 Last thing, Washington will never be worth a damn again until they are Bullets ! 

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:39 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

This has been a dysfunctional franchise for a long time.  No matter how everyone extols the virtues of Abe Pollin, he was at the head of a downward spiral that is 20+ years and counting.  As a long time Bullets/Wizards (what a horrible name) fan who can remember the salad days of the mid and late 70s I am only encouraged by the ownership change to Ted Leonsis.  I have confidence that he will do what he did for the Caps, take a perennial loser and make them into a highly competitive NHL firanchise.  It will take time and it sure will take more than firing the Flippper to get this ship turned around.  However long it take, Leonsis will get it done.

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:05 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

I'm a lifelong Bullets/Wizards fan and live in the D.C. area and this organization is a complete mess, period! The whacking of Flip Saunders won't solve everything that's wrong with the team, but I'm hoping it's going to be a starting point. I really like new owner Ted Leonsis and will not bash him because I know the mess he took over when his ownership tenure began.

The move to Flip Saunders had to happen because the lack of effort in games is embarrassing! I'm not putting all the blame on Saunders, but we need to start somewhere. There's a lack of talent mixed with a young roster that's also contributing to the team's struggles. I think we need to exercise that Amnesty Clause on Rashard Lewis' contract as soon as we can and that will wipe the Gilbert Arenas contract off the salary cap! I know there's a reason they didn't do that just yet, but it has to happen as soon as it will help.

John Wall needs another high character veteran on the roster to help him as he matures into an NBA player because he's clearly been affected by all of this. I have more to say, but will have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by the time I finish! 

Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 8:26 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

It's about time!  Bring back Unseld!

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:52 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

I guess Flip will have to take his nervous twitch elsewhere.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:42 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

This team appears to be lost in the maze of youth, a coach that can not get respect from his players, therefore they are not listening to him. Then there might be a problem with the teams ability. Management might also be a problem

I can not lay my hands on the direct problem with a team that has won that many games in the NBA but with that combination, it is difficult to produce a winning team.

This team was having problems in the locker room with the former players. Now the locker room is again in turmoil. This appear to be a trait in the Washington locker room.

Flip might be able to get another coaching position, however, did he not coach the Milwaukee team and had similar problems?

They need a stern disciplinarian in Washington with such a young team as well as someone the team would respect. A former player that had a NBA championship ring or two might fill the bill.

Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:11 pm

Wizards fire Flip Saunders

Lot of folks flippin on Flip, now that he's been flipped.
How was anyone supposed to be successful or even improve significantly with this hat full of wizards?
Flip inherited a team that had 19 wins the year before. He inherited a team led by my favourite guard at the time (and complete basket case) Yosemite Arenas, and an ownership group looking to sell (for valid reasons). The team imploded and then got broken up during his first season. He still improved the win column by 7. In comes new management, draft the new star point guard and get back Yosemite from suspension. Season two he has to try and get his new point guard who has no jump shot or range to run a team whose core average age is 24 years old (on paper - somewhat less in reality) whilst trying to ship his former star and adjust to what the new owner wants. Not an easy task and he drops a few games compared to year one. This year he had no pre-season to try and break in the misfits or coach his point guard on how to run an offense thanks to the lockout. Plus he had a players mommy have a big sook about how her boy was getting treated. Who knows what he has had to agree to from management and ownership.
I agree with several others that the problem isn't just Flip. More needs to happen and as soon as possible.
Gut the management group now and give the new guys time to plan for the draft and year ahead. Trade away at least 3 of the following players (blatche, mcgee, young, crawford) for some with older heads on their shoulders, a willingness to accept responsibility, play some D and attempt to improve their team effort. Make a big push in next years draft and settle on a coach who can run the style of play the organisation needs.

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