Flip Saunders goes off
In the past three days, all three active D.C. pro sports teams lost at home, badly. The coaches responded differently. Some highlights.
Jim Zorn: "I can't fault our guys for the try-hard on offense, but we just couldn't stand up to what they had going on defense....The guys that we do have are really wanting to do well....The guys that are in there are fighting hard."
Verdict: I'm sure someone's backside remained pink for at least 0.00056 seconds after you lightly slapped him with that banana peel, coach.
Bruce Boudreau: [Honestly he didn't say anything remarkable and probably shouldn't even be included here.]
Verdict: Well, it's not like he's been shy about raking hot sharpened pokers of scorn over his players' bums before. Plus, his captain and another well-liked guy had just been traded, and he refused to use it as an excuse.
Flip Saunders: See video above. Ah, heck with that, it's too good, I'm including all the words, too.
"This team, for the last five years, has been known as the worst defensive teams [in the NBA]," he began after Tuesday's nasty home loss to the Oklahoma ThunderSnow. "We couldn't stop anybody out there. We could have taken five guys in this [media] room out here, they would have had a chance. They had 46 uncontested shots. I mean, I've never seen that, ever, in a game. That team is playing a lot better, but that's not the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Los Angeles Lakers or those teams yet.
"I said to you guys before the game, until our guys decide that it hurts when teams score on you, we've got no chance. We're kidding ourselves. We can say we're two games out of the playoffs or whatever...[but] I didn't come here to make the playoffs, I came here to try to win a championship. And we need a total mindset change of how we're going to go about doing that. And until we have that--and that's from everybody, from staff to players--and everyone's totally committed to that, we're gonna have games like this where we're gonna hang around, hang around, and then when it comes time to make some stops, you don't have the ability to do it, you're gonna lose games.
"Whether it's lineup change, hey, it's all up in the air right now. I'm frustrated....I feel bad for the people that came to the game and had to watch, let's put it like that. Because we've got a responsibility, as professional athletes, as entertainers, to go out on the floor and perform at a high level, especially at home, in front of your home fans. Hey, I mean, the last game, Philadelphia at home, we had to take the starting lineup out and put the other guys in to get juiced up.
"So we'll come back to practice in two days, and spots will be open for whoever it is. If guys don't like it, that's fine, but that's the way it's gonna be. Because I'm not gonna sit there, stand there and look at that any more. Through 30 games, you evaluate through 30 games where you're at, and right now, the way it's going, it ain't getting done more our zone got us back in the game, then they scored a couple times on zone, guys want to come out of the zone to play man to man. They can't guard anybody. You know, I think I can go out there on that floor and take anybody on our team one-on-one, 52 years old, and drive right around them....
"We've got to wake up. As I told them, don't ever think it can't get any worse, because it can. There's no question, it can."
Verdict: Everyone done picking the shrapnel out? Good, now pour this Tabasco on top, and then shove a few pop rocks in the oozing pus. Sweet heavens Flip, thanks for that.
Also, let's now pick the ideal starting five from the media corps to have a chance vs. your 2009-2010 Wizards.
PG: Dan Hellie. Guaranteed to be called scrappy three times a game.
SG: Ivan Carter. I've seen him shoot. He could get a 10-day somewhere.
SF: Kelli Johnson. Four-year starter at Idaho.
PF: Mike Wise. Needs to put aside showboating urge and stay sound.
C: Thom Loverro. Fouls to give. For two more days, anyhow.
Regardless, at least this ship is going down with the captain on the bow, screaming bile into the swirling ocean of sub-.500 despair. Instead of, you know, praising his team's "try-hard."
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