It took 15 losses, an 0-7 road record and the 9th loss by double digits for fate to finally catch up to Flip Saunders.
Briefly into his third season as head coach of the Washington Wizards, Flip has been canned. The firing ends a dismal career in DC for Flip, where he won only 51 out of 181 games, including the lowly two wins tallied so far this season.
The ousting of Flip came in the midst of what has been a roller coaster of a season for coaches and players together.
Things got off to a shaky start from the very get go. After blowing a 20-point first half lead and eventually losing to the New Jersey Nets on opening night, Flip’s play calling was questioned by none other than his own Captain, Mr. Andray Blatche himself.
The melodrama created by the underachieving small forward set the tone for what has been an extremely morbid start to the season. The Wizards have been infested with a rash of various issues that have plagued them to a 2-15 start.
Play calling, player rotation, virtually any sense of offensive or defensive direction has been very minimally seen, if at all.
Besides the insurmountable shortcomings on the floor – shot selection, rebounding, pick and roll defense, movement without the ball – what keyed the decision to can Flip was the lack of certain intangibles, such as will, effort and energy. More often than not the Wizards simply did not seem like they had any desire to be on the floor, and last night’s game in Philly exemplified all of that.
Wizards Extreme wishes the best of luck to Flip Saunders, a well-rounded individual and an extremely talented basketball coach.