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.
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