'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 will file a more detailed report later, but here are a few hastily typed quotes and paraphrases from Flip:
"I look forward to the opportunity."
"This is a very unique situation."
"You can make your own luck."
"There's a lot of talk about my huge playbook." It's about 60 percent defense... defense is a priority.
"There was a closeness to the team (during training camp)."
He described the team as a melting pot, with diverse talents. "They blend together."
"When a coach wants something and a player wants something, the coach wins."
In response to a Michael Lee question, presumably about coming so close to reaching the finals: "It makes you thirsty."
"The process starts today."
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