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Flip Saunders Has a Lucky Medallion

What draft lottery success looks like (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun.

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Flip Saunders just called in to the Junkies to discuss tonight's draft lottery, which has the potential to flip the recent fortunes of D.C. sports fans entirely around, or to make them belch forth a stream of expletives that would make Earl Weaver's ears bleed. If the Wiz slip to fifth, capping a week in which the Caps' season ended and the Nats went from just regular old poor to living-in-a-cardboard-box destitute, I will declare a bank holiday and stop working for a week. If they flip everything around and convert their Michael Ruffin Memorial Roster Slot into Blake Griffin, I will declare a celebratory moratorium on new posts for at least a week.

Anyhow, Flip sounded positively chipper, uncontaminated by the putrid, lead-filled stink we've been drinking round these parts.

"I'm actually in my office right now," he said. "We just told them to send us the number 1 pick, we don't need to show up."

That's the spirit. I was hoping he'd bring a Gilbert bobblehead up to New Jersey, or at least a G-Wiz sanctioned burrito, but he said his lucky charm was "kind of a medallion that I always carry in my pocket for games, so I'll take that along." Whatever works. More lottery thoughts from Flip:

On the pick: "For us, a rookie coming in is not gonna totally change the temperment of our team. Our main thing is to get Gilbert healthy, to get Stevenson healthy, to get Brendan healthy, and if we get healthy we think we're gonna be a very good team."

On whom they'd take first: "The same guy everybody else is gonna select probably."

On whom they'd take second: "That's the one we're gonna let you guys linger about and think about and talk about. We probably have a pretty good idea."

On the years of talking about Wiz defense: "Well we're not gonna talk about defense at all. I'll tell you what, it's a mindset to start with. I know since I've been here I've been talking to them every couple days, and all I basically talk about is that defense can make your offense better....Now the one thing we will do more so than probably any team in the league is we'll do multiple defenses, we'll do full-court pressure, we'll do half-court traps, we'll do zones, we'll do mans....You put a priority on it, and if guys don't play defense the chance of them playing is probably not gonna be real good."

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 19, 2009; 9:58 AM ET
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I hear Kwame Brown's youngest brother is available in the NBA draft. MJ saw him play and was impressed. Obviously the Wizards/Bullets have to select him. 30 years ago the Bullets were defending champions and in the playoffs again.
Isn't it time for Abe to give up!

Posted by: sheepherder | May 19, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Heard that interview. I like the new coach, he seems like a personable, knowledgeable fellow. I don't know how good a coach he'll be, but he'll look like a better coach with a healthy Arenas and Haywood.

Apparently the Junkies liked him too, since they were in a frenzy trying to talk over each other to get their questions in, more so than normal.

Posted by: rooster75 | May 19, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I don't know how good a coach he'll be

Posted by: rooster75 | May 19, 2009 10:48 AM

Try top 10 all time in winning percentage.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 19, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

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