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Flip Saunders was fired minutes ago. The coach of the Washington Wizards, the worst team in the NBA was replaced by assistant Coach Randy Wittman, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement of the change had been made.
The Wizards are 2-15 this season, 0-7 on the road, and looked absolutely atrocious in a 20-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers lats night.
Saunders went 51-130 while in D.C. When he was hired, he had All-Stars Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler to work with, but today the franchise rebuilds around point guard John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft. Unfortunately Wall has little to work with, up front Javale McGee is the closest thing he has to a quality big. There isn’t much help in the backcourt either.
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This was probably inevitable.
After a putrid 2 and 15 start the Washington Wizards fired head coach Flip Saunders.
Saunders was in his 3rd season as coach of the Wizards and amassed a 51 and 130 record over his tenure in Washington, failing, obviously, to make the playoffs in any of his seasons.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Flip Saunders was fired Tuesday as coach of the NBA-worst Washington Wizards and replaced by assistant Randy Wittman, who has the job for the rest of the season.The Wizards fell to 2-15 this season, including 0-7 on the road, with a 20-point loss to the Philadelphia 76ers ...
A person familiar with the decision says Flip Saunders has been fired as coach of the Washington Wizards, who have the NBA's worst record at 2-15. Saunders will be replaced by assistant Randy Wittman, the person told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement of the change had been made.
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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…
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Nick Young scored 20 points, and Andray Blatche had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 92-75 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night in Randy Wittman's first game as coach. Wittman took over for the fired Flip Saunders on Tuesday, and guided the team without the benefit of a practice.
Nick Young scored 20 points, and Andray Blatche had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 92-75 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night in Randy Wittman's first game as coach.