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Flip Saunders: Cowherd Interview Prop

Reason 1,678b(1) you can tell D.C. sports are down: Flip Saunders is invited to appear on Colin Cowherd's national radio show. The local affiliate's Twitter feed directs followers to tune in. Cowherd asks six questions of Saunders. Not one concerns the Wizards. Not one even allows for a tangential reference to the Wiz. Flip Saunders is considered a more valuable voice of wisdom on Trevor Ariza than on Oleksiy Pecherov.

In fact, other than a closing goodbye of "Good luck to you and the Wiz," there's little to indicate that Flip Saunders is different as a guest than, say, Jeff Van Gundy. Or Dr. Jack Ramsey's doctorate. Or, heck, Michael Wilbon.

Still, being a crafty veteran, Flip managed to turn one of his answers in a Wizardly direction, for those who were paying close attention. He was talking about Phil Jackson's challenge over the years, that of corralling great players and convincing them to act for the greater good.

"Sometimes, it's even more difficult to coach great players than an average player," Saunders said. The average player, he said, will tend to do what you tell him to do. But the great player, he said, has his own personality.

"They sometimes think that maybe they can do it their own way," Saunders said.

Yeah, well, sometimes. Maybe.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 15, 2009; 12:19 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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There was no question about the Wizards because neither Cowherd nor the person who writes his questions was aware that Flip had taken the job. It's not that they don't care about DC sports, they just don't follow basketball.

Posted by: lillianlil | June 15, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Brendan Haywood takes Cowherd to task on his blog in 5...4...3...2...

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | June 15, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

What lillianlil said.

Posted by: sitruc | June 15, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Anyone ever think how the name "Cowherd" is so fitting for this guy? He sits behind a radio mic and blabs on like an arrogant prick. Petition to make Cowherd a legit English word, and it should read "arrogant prick" next to his name in the dictionary. It makes me sick he's on sportstalk 980 (thanks Danny boy!!). At least he's got the 10-12 shift when nobody's listening.

Posted by: rtramonte5500 | June 16, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

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