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  1. Don’t be so sure Minnesota trades Kevin Love before draft, it could hold on to trade deadline

    Jun 20, 2014, 6:40 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Clippers

    Love’s people are pushing hard for a deal now. Minnesota, it can wait.

  2. Flip Saunders talks D-League (he loves it) and roster building

    Aug 20, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

    File photo of Washington Wizards coach Saunders during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Flip Saunders came into the Wolves and team president, decision maker and with a piece of ownership having the goal of making this team a winner. And improving the front office’s relationship with Kevin Love so he doesn’t bolt in a couple years, but frankly a big part of that ties back to winning. Saunders…

  3. Plenty of big names available to be Lakers next coach. Here’s a list.

    Nov 9, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    When the Lakers take the court Friday night to take on the banged up Golden State Warriors, Bernie Bickerstaff will coach the Los Angeles Lakers. Who will coach the team in a couple of weeks is a different question entirely. The Lakers have fired Mike Brown — when Kobe gives you a death stare it…

  4. Report: Wizards likely to keep Randy Wittman as coach

    May 29, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    This was unexpected when the season ended but has seemingly become more and more likely in recent weeks. The Wizards are “likely” going to keep Randy Wittman as coach next season, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. That follows what Michael Lee wrote in the Washington Post late last week: A source with knowledge of the…

  5. Wittman promises up-tempo, simplified offense for Wizards

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    Keep it simple, stupid. That is the philosophy of new Wizards interim coach Randy Wittman, who takes over for the fired Flip Saunders. He has a young team and he doesn’t want to overwhelm them. Here is a quote via CSNWashington.com. “This isn’t brain surgery,” Wittman said. “We need to simplify things.” Wittman was going…

  6. Flip Saunders talks “disappointing” end to Wizards tenure

    Jan 24, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

    File photo of Washington Wizards coach Saunders during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Flip Saunders was frustrated. Diplomatic, usually, but frustrated. Considered a players coach most of his career (and more passive, not a yeller), he was brought into Washington to coach a veteran team with Caron Butler, Gilbert Areas — a team that had made the playoffs the year before. Then in one instance of stupidity, the…

  7. Washington Wizards fire coach Flip Saunders

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    Ownership told Flip Saunders to play kids in Washington and that they understood losses would follow. But when the Wizards started 2-15, without discipline, consistent effort or signs of improvement it was too much. The Wizards have fired Saunders, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. CSNWashington.com confirmed the move. Current Wizards assistant and former…

  8. Flip Saunders thinks John Wall played too many summer games

    Jan 11, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders John Wall

    The counterbalance to the suits and greed of the NBA lockout this past summer was the rise of the rec league games. The Goodman League. The Drew League. Rucker Park. More than ever NBA players were rolling into these leagues and playing, and soon the leagues were playing each other like the epic Goodman vs.…

  9. Wizards deny any spat between Rashard Lewis, Sam Cassell

    Jan 9, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Rashard Lewis, Glen Davis

    Rashard Lewis did not play for the Washington Wizards Sunday night and was not on the bench for the game. But on Monday everyone around the team has denied that it was due to fight between Lewis and assistant coach Sam Cassell that led Lewis to walk away for a night, as reported by CSNWashington.com.…

  10. Andray Blatche has Flip Saunders’ back in the worst way

    Jan 9, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche, Ryan Anderson

    Andray Blatche was just trying to help, trying to explain the reasons the Washington Wizards are 0-8 has nothing to do with coach Flip Saunders. And in doing so, he backed over Saunders with the bus. Here is the quote, via Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. “Flip is definitely doing his job,” Blatche said. “I just…

  11. Wizards get technical for playing ineligible player. Nice.

    Dec 30, 2011, 10:57 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    They are still the Washington Wizards. Coach Flip Saunders sent Roger Mason with 3:27 left in the first quarter, according to CSNWashington.com. He promptly sank a nice little baseline jumper. The problem — Saunders hadn’t put Mason on the active roster. At the first timeout after the bucket the Wizards were assessed a technical. The…

  12. Andray Blatche wants you all to calm down, he’s not mad at coach

    Dec 27, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Houston Rockets

    It’s all so simple. Andray Blatche just wants the ball in the post. So he says we shouldn’t read his comments after last night’s game as calling out his coach. And teammates. Here is the quote. “I said that I need the ball in the paint to be effective. You can’t keep having me pick…

  13. Andray Blatche calls out his coach, wants ball in the post more

    Dec 27, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    Andray Blatche is not happy with how the Wizards are using him. The only real surprise there is it came after only one game rather than midway through the season. After the Wizards come-from-ahead loss Tuesday against the Nets (how do you blow a 20-point lead against the Nets?), Blatche said he needs the ball…

  14. NBA Season Preview: Washington Wizards

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    walljohn_davidliamkyle_getty

    Last season: 23-59, the fourth lowest win total in the entire league. Head Coach: Flip Saunders, who may or may not be the best fit for this talented but undisciplined group of young players. Key Departures: None yet, although Nick Young, who improved offensively last season, is a restricted free agent. Michael Lee of the…

  15. Wizards should play even faster with Vesely in lineup

    Jun 27, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

    Jan Vesely

    The Washington Wizards knew what they had — last year at Summer League Sam Cassell (coaching the team in Vegas) and Flip Saunders said the Wizards were going to run. They had John Wall, they were going to up the tempo and get in in the open court. And they did, they moved from 21st…

  16. Young, Howard among five Wizards shut down for season

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Nick Young

    Well, this is really shutting it down. From our man Frank Hanrahan at CSN Washington: Wizards coach Flip Saunders has just announced that leading scorer Nick Young, forward Josh Howard, forward Rashard Lewis, guard Cartier Martin and center Hamidy N’Diaye are all done for the season, with each of them nursing knee injuries. Forward Trevor…

  17. Jordan Crawford can do more than just dunk on LeBron

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT

    Jordan Crawford Wizards

    You remember Jordan Crawford? He’s the Xavier college player that dunked on LeBron James in a pickup game after LeBron’s skills camp back in the summer of 2009. Which would have been no big deal — LeBron tried to rotate over on defense and was a little late in a pickup game, it happens —…

  18. Flip Saunders to coach Wizards Friday despite death of his mother

    Mar 4, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    Our condolences go out to Wizards coach Flip Saunders, whose mother passed away Friday morning. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Saunders will still coach the team Friday night when it takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a tweet from Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Saunders will miss Sunday’s game against…

  19. Coach Flip Saunders to miss Wednesday night’s Wizards game

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    Wizards coach Flip Saunders will not be on the Wizards bench when they host the Golden State Warriors. He has gone to be with his ailing mother in Ohio, according to Frank Hanrahan of CSN Washington. Assistant coach Randy Wittman will take over in the big chair as the Wizards try to snap a six-game…

  20. Andray Blatche calls in to radio show to defend his defenseless play

    Jan 25, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche blocked

    We could tell you how bad Andray Blatche played last night (in PBT’s recaps we said he should have been benched) but we’ll let Wizards coach Flip Saunders tell you, courtesy our media brothers in arms at CSNWashington.com: “He was terrible, he was bad.  He was bad.  He didn’t look like he had energy or…

  21. Andray Blatche admits trade rumors bother him “some”

    Jan 4, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Houston Rockets

    You’d like to think Andray Blatche has been inconsistent this season because of injuries and the weight of trade rumors, but that would assume some basis of consistent play from his past to serve as a baseline. And no, the last couple months of the failing Wizards last season when they had to feed him…

  22. Flip Saunders will not coach Wizards Wednesday night

    Dec 29, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    Wizards coach Flip Saunders had to leave the team Wednesday morning, missing shoot around due to a family emergency involving his mother. Now it has been announced he will not coach the Wizards against the Pacers on Wednesday night, according to the Washington Post. Assistant Coach Randy Wittman will sit in the big chair and…

  23. John Wall has bone bruise in knee, likely out at least a week

    Dec 20, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards

    As of Monday night when the Wizards took on the Bobcats, rookie and franchise guy John Wall will have missed five of the last six for Washington. Don’t expect him back soon. What had been thought of as tendonitis (which coach Flip Saunders said could be chronic) he is also fighting through a bone bruise…

  24. Wizards coach Flip Saunders walks off court during practice, disgusted by effort

    Nov 8, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    You could tell when my favorite high school hoops coach was really mad — he wouldn’t say anything. He would yell to motivate, to get points across. But when he was genuinely enraged (and our team could do that to you) he just stared and said nothing and walked away. Sounds like Flip Saunders. Saunders…

  25. Gilbert Arenas? No. It’s Andray Blatche that really matters to Washington

    Oct 15, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Blatche_Garnett

    The last time Gilbert Arenas really mattered on the court for the Washington Wizards was four years ago. That hasn’t stopped him from being the preseason focus of the team, what with fake injuries, the not fake injuries and very important questions about his beard. But Andray Blatche matters a lot more to this year’s…

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