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Wizards Insider: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Saunders: Arenas Needs to Lead

My Flip Saunders story today couldn't touch on everything that was discussed at his introduction. One of the more interesting comments that Saunders made yesterday was that Arenas is ready to take on a leadership role with the team. With his "goofball" persona and unpredictable behavior, Arenas has always been...

By Michael Lee  |  April 24, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
 
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Who Will Assist Flip?

Nice suit, Flip. Very nice. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) Flip Saunders said he has yet to finalize his coaching staff and doesn't appear to be in a rush to have it filled. I've already reported that Saunders would love to bring former Minnesota Coach Randy Wittman and...

By Michael Lee  |  April 24, 2009; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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Best Quotes From Saunders News Conference

From Michael Lee at Verizon Center: ABE POLLIN I want another ring. (AP Photo) On his desire to win another championship: "I want you to know, obviously, you see me in a wheelchair. I want you to know that in spite of the wheelchair, maybe because of the wheelchair, I'm...

By Alexa Steele  |  April 23, 2009; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
 
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'The Process Starts Today'

Flip Saunders was introduced as the new coach of the Washington Wizards this afternoon. A frail-looking Abe Pollin introduced team President Ernie Grunfeld, who introduced Saunders, noting that this is "a very exciting day" for the organization and that the new coach "plays a fun brand of basketball." Michael Lee...

By Alexa Steele  |  April 23, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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An Outside Opinion on Flip

If you had some help, we could've won a few more games. (AP Photo/Andy King) Before I finally caught up with Flip Saunders yesterday, I spoke with an Eastern Conference assistant general manager who told me that he thought Ernie Grunfeld made the right move in bringing the former Minnesota...

By Michael Lee  |  April 23, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Official Announcement

The Wizards sent an e-mail at 4:53 pm making it official. From the press release: Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has named Flip Saunders as head coach. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. "We're very proud to bring a proven winner...

By Alexa Steele  |  April 22, 2009; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Poll: How Many Wins?

Now that Coach Flip Saunders is finally signed, sealed and almost delivered (news conference tomorrow), how do you think the team will do next season? Presumably the Wizards will win a few more games than last year. If you disagree, however, please comment below. poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  April 22, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Flip Looks Like a Good Fit

You guys thought I was just visiting, huh? (nba.com/wizards) I got word that Flip Saunders had signed his deal with the Wizards around the same time that the Detroit Pistons were about to tip off with the Cleveland Cavaliers last night. I flipped off my television to start writing and...

By Michael Lee  |  April 22, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Wizards Have A Coach: Saunders Signs

Flip Saunders has officially agreed to become the 22nd head coach of the Washington Wizards, according to an NBA front office executive. After several days of speculation and suspense, Saunders finally signed his contract with the Wizards Tuesday night for a reported four years and $18 million. The Wizards will...

By Michael Lee  |  April 21, 2009; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Who's a Keeper?

The Wizards are still conducting exit interviews and several players are hanging around, working out, getting treatment, and hoping to make a good impression on the new coaching staff, whenever it arrives. This is an important summer for the Wizards, since they will enter next season with 14 players under...

By Michael Lee  |  April 21, 2009; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Flip Update

Just wanted to give you a mini update on Flip Saunders, since I know it's been a week or so since the news broke that the Wizards offered him the head coaching job. The ball is in his court right now and the Wizards are just waiting for his signature...

By Michael Lee  |  April 21, 2009; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Five Offseason Concerns: No. 5

5. Do the Wizards hold onto the 'Big Three?'How much longer will we be smiling together? (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images) The Cleveland Cavaliers aggressively tried to break up the Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison trio, dangling the expiring contract of Wally Szczerbiak at the trade...

By Michael Lee  |  April 20, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Five Offseason Concerns: No. 4

4. Do the Wizards keep the youngsters? Will we be together again? (AP Photo) An unforeseen injury problem opened the door for Dominic McGuire, Andray Blatche, Nick Young, JaVale McGee, Javaris Crittenton and Oleksiy Pecherov to earn minutes with the Washington Wizards this season. Of the sextet, McGuire was the...

By Michael Lee  |  April 20, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Five Offseason Concerns: No. 3

3. Can the Wizards move an expiring contract? Where am I going? (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Mike James is most definitely picking up his $6.5 million option next season, so that leaves the Wizards with four players with expiring contracts next season in James, Etan Thomas ($7.3 million), Brendan Haywood ($6...

By Michael Lee  |  April 20, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Five Offseason Concerns: No. 2

2. What do the Wizards do if they get the No. 1 pick? I'm ready to play! I'm ready to play! (Getty Images) Blake Griffin is a chiseled, nasty competitor who has a pretty good basketball IQ (this dunk not included). He is a ferocious rebounder and a decent scorer...

By Michael Lee  |  April 20, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Five Offseason Concerns: No. 1

I've got all the answers right here. (AP Photo) The Washington Wizards are soon expected to hire Flip Saunders but there is still plenty that needs to be done for this team to be considered a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference. Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld faces...

By Michael Lee  |  April 20, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Poll: Vote for Wizards MVP

Here are the top responses from the question I posed on Friday, in no particular order of seriousness: poll by twiigs.com...

By Alexa Steele  |  April 20, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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