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What Do You Think?

Michael Lee reported on speculation about the next Wizards coach earlier this morning on the blog. Time for you to weigh in.

By Alexa Steele  |  April 10, 2009; 10:55 AM ET
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We want Flip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: brandonjamal13 | April 10, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I think Sam Mitchell is a more intriguing coach candidate for the Wizards than Flip Saunders.

Flip Saunders had 2 teams that under-performed...(i.e. Minnesota had the best regular season record in 03/04 and still couldnt get it done). Detroit had the best starting 5 in the league, and couldnt get it done when it counted under his leadership. Flip Saunders struggles in the playoffs, which is really what we should be thinking about. Sam Mitchell's Raptors teams always over-performed, and he was able to do more with less. His teams made the playoffs when they probably shouldn't have...

I also like Tom Thibadeau as defensively minded option, but I don't think he's being discussed at all...

That's my 2 cents...

Posted by: jimyjama | April 10, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Put Tom Thibodeau in the mix please!

Posted by: sagaliba | April 10, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I say we get Eddie Jordan back. I know we fired him but that was when everybody was hurt. If we re-hire him then we don't have to install a whole new offense and we don't have to worry about paying two coaches next year. Plus, come on, he deserves it.

Posted by: seanbeballin | April 10, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Considering the players on the Wizards roster they need to find a players coach who does not stress playing "D" since these players have no desires to be champions.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | April 10, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I heard the JT show the other day and those guys were SPOT ON.

They did NOT say that the Wiz would be a bad destination for a coach. They said that any coach that comes in needs to be given the authority to control the team and call the shots on Gilbert Arenas, period.

So far Gilby has dictated most everything relating to his time with team/franchise over the years he's been here. He decides how he's gonna rehab, he decides when he's gonna play, he decides when he wants to play defense. He calls his own press conferences to tell everyone these things and the coach/team know nothing about it. And then he got $111 million; and then the coach got fired.

Whoever they bring in - be it Avery or Flip or someone else, needs to have the backing of the whole organization and the team to dictate to Gilbert what's going to go down, and not the other way around.

Posted by: p1funk | April 10, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Flip can whip up some Offensive genius calls, but look where Cleveland is after instituting Defensive schemes that Bebrom Lames slowed them down fir the first 1/2 of the '06/'07 season, but took them to the Finals once they bought in.

No matter what, Gil needs to be a leader finally and speak up like Kobe, Bron and Wade do.

Posted by: leopsan | April 10, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I vote for Flip.
In the spirit of the qoute "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear."
You can't make a team who's stars distain the defensive end of the floor into the San Antonio Spurs.
With this roster, I'd perfer to see a team that's organized offensively, that can give me good effort in the final 5 minutes to close out a game.
This won't win you a championship, but until our star players commit to the defensive end of the floor, it's the best we can hope for.

Posted by: bozomoeman | April 10, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

MARK JACKSON should be the next Wizards coach hands down.

Some people are naturals and OJT is not needed. His knowledge of the game requires no OJT.

He will demand respect and he can see THE FOREST IN SPITE OF THE TREES.

MARK JACKSON not being on your list is not good. If I had to pick one of the Five....I can't.



To the blogger back. Yeah I wanted EJ out as coach but if you have checked my blogs you will note that I gave EJ a great credit. Unfortunately, he did not stick with or realize his greatest asset as a coach.

Hence, is why his time to move on had come.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 10, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

With such a short window, Mark Jackson should get zero consideration. Even a retread would be a better choice.

Posted by: original_mark | April 10, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

If the goal is a veteran coach, just count how many 50-win seasons Saunders has compared to the next guy. He's gotten to the Conference Finals (East and West), won 64 games in a season, coached NBA superstars and the CBA, coached the All-Star game.

In terms of career experience and accomplishments he's way ahead of the other candidates.

Posted by: uptownjive | April 10, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I vote with bf78. We should have a coach that over-performs in the playoffs. Sam Mitchell.

Posted by: charley42 | April 10, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Sam Mitchell has coached 5 seasons in the NBA. Only once did he have a record over .500. Made the playoffs twice, both times lost in the first round. How is this guy a playoff overachiever?

By comparison, Flip Saunders made the Conference Finals the last 4 full seasons that he coached (1 in Minnesota, 3 in Detroit). It sounds like people think he bombed in Detroit ... he won 64, 53, and 59 games and made the Eastern Conference Finals 3 straight seasons! And this was of course without a true superstar the caliber of Lebron, Kobe, or Wade.

Posted by: uptownjive | April 10, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Avery Johnson was a "general" on the court. Avery will bring years of Western Conference playing and coaching experience to the Wizards.

Gilbert Arenas is the key to the Wizards return to respectibility. I believe Avery Johnson can gain Gilbert's respect and push Gilbert to the next level.

Posted by: musicmanjr | April 10, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

its either Flip or Avery. Either way I am happy

Posted by: WizardsExtreme | April 10, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Can I vote for Eddie Jordan?


I'll take Flip.

Posted by: iamse7en | April 10, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Tom T the Boston Celtics assistant should be our next coach. Having him coach us, trading Jamison, and landing Blake Griffin in the draft would be a perfect off season.

Posted by: iillnyiil | April 10, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Saunders is the best and safest pick of those options. All the others have major flaws (Johnson's taskmaster mentality would be disastrous) or arent actually improvements over Eddie Jordan (ie: Mitchell and Casey). while Saunders does not inspire me (id go with thibodeux, joerger, or blatt) he's far better then the other public options.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | April 10, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Bill Laimbeer should be strongly considered as the next Wizards coach.

He is a known winner as both a player and a coach (WNBA may be a women's league, but it is still basketball). Plus, he would give Wiz much needed heart and toughness.

Posted by: paulw_2000 | April 10, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: oddjob1 | April 10, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Who cares???
Unless they get Flip WILSON

Posted by: scmonty1 | April 10, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I thought I heard there is some beef between Jeff Van Gundy and somebody in the Wiz organization and that is why he is not being considered.

Did I hear wrong or would someone be kind enough to explain this to me?

Posted by: Snots | April 10, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

A NOTE TO ABE POLLIN: Bring in the Big Three and let them know you are going to rehire EJ and save the 8 million, fire Grunfeld and conduct a serious search for a GM that knows EJ is "the coach" tell Gilbert to act like a professional and live up to his mega million dollar contract and lets move this franchise forward and oh yeah package the serial skirt chaser and some dead weight and get a late first round pick to go with our top pick hopefully.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 10, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"MARK JACKSON should be the next Wizards coach hands down.

Some people are naturals and OJT is not needed. His knowledge of the game requires no OJT.

He will demand respect and he can see THE FOREST IN SPITE OF THE TREES.

MARK JACKSON not being on your list is not good. If I had to pick one of the Five....I can't.



To the blogger back. Yeah I wanted EJ out as coach but if you have checked my blogs you will note that I gave EJ a great credit. Unfortunately, he did not stick with or realize his greatest asset as a coach.

Hence, is why his time to move on had come.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 10, 2009 12:35 PM "

Isaiah Thomas was a better player than Mark Jackson ever was or ever will be. How did he work out as a coach?

Stephon Marbury and Gilby Arenas are both knuckleheads, and Gilby is an even bigger diva..I doubt if Mark Jackson will work well with Gilby.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | April 10, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Dwane Casey could be a good fit. He's been an assistant under Karl, McMillan, and now Carlisle. Those are all coaches that are really good at maximizing the personnel they have, instead of trying to force players into roles they aren't fit for because of some overriding coaching philosophy.

Posted by: djnnnou | April 10, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Good point DCMan.

I believe Flip will be the coach next season. However, I don't see a perfect candidate out there like a Larry Brown.

Mark Jackson is intriguing, but what if he is a bust. He has no track record and this team with the core being in it's prime right now can't afford a do-over with this decision. It would be the final straw for this "core" group of players ever reaching their potential. Way too risky in my opinion, but Flip and Avery both have their drawbacks as well!

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 10, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

We need a coach that keeps our offense flowing and not restricted, but demands that we at least become an average defensive team. With Butler, Haywood, McGuire, Critt, Stevenson and even Arenas (yes - big, quick guard who before "stardom" was known as a good defender in GS) that should not be so difficult!!!

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 10, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Best postseason winning % of any coach we could get belongs to:


That's the guy I want. He's working as a scout for the Lakers I believe, so he's still in the game. But he'd have a pipeline to top-notch assistants in former players.

(FWIW I always figured Sam Cassell would make a good coach. Mario Elie already has worked on a few benches, Hakeem runs a Big Man camp, and you've got to think Robert Horry would have good insight on how to be a productive roleplaying Big).

But still, if we're looking at a veteran coach, get me a guy who has won something before.

Rudy T can teach Defense, offense, whatever. If he's rested, healthy, and wants the job, I'd put him at the top of my list.

--Tom Thibodeaux (Kobe's favorite defensive guy)
--David Blatt (He's a princeton offense guy, so it would be an easier transition than most Euroguys).
--Bill Laimbeer (championship winner as a player and a coach...)
--Dave Joerger (despite having memphis on his resume)

Flip's a good guy. Not sure we need a good guy though.

Avery is 'eh' to me. Gets too much credit for Dallas (when they had 12 assistant coaches. And the defense improved mostly by dropping Antoine Walker and Antawn Jamison, then adding true Bigs next to Dirk).

But Rudy T. He knows how to win. Commands respect. Knows how to coach Bigs.

That's my choice.

Posted by: doclinkin | April 10, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I vote Avery Johnson. They need someone who is going to say, "This is the way it's done." Whether Gilbert gets with that program will entirely decide whether or not he ends his career as a guy who put up good stats but won absolutely nothing or as a guy who made a mark on the league. It's not about getting a coach who Gilbert will like and having a few more years like 2005-2007.

In the next two-three years we will find out everything about all these players. Time for talk is over. Pollin needs to ante up for the right coach and the right players or else the past 5 years have just been a tease. And even if he does, it is far, far from a sure thing. Welcome to sports.

Interesting decision: do you wait until after the lottery to try to get the coach? Landing the #1 and Griffin (yes!) would make the job even better...

Posted by: positiveforce | April 10, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Another angle on Rudy T. Not only has he been a recent Lakers scout. He was the director of International scouting for the Gold Medal squad.

So he even has perspective on Euroleague guys coming into the Association.

Telling you Gents. RUDY TOMJANOVICH. That's the right move if you want a veteran guy.

Posted by: doclinkin | April 10, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The Wizard must make a decision on the Head Coach prior to the Draft, obviously.
And I'd bet the number of coaching willing to take a job with this team will increase exponentially if the Zards wind up with the first pick.
Interesting question though, if the Wizards actually do wind up with the No. 1 pick, would you offer the rights to Blake Griffin to OKC for Kevin Durant? And move CB to 2? Would OKC take that deal?

Posted by: bozomoeman | April 10, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

What do I think? Get rid of the owner and all of the nonperforming "executive" staff. The Bullets/Wizards whatever have been a complete failure for 25+ years. Unseld was a failure, Mr. Pollin is an owner who has failed. MJ was and is a failure at anything off the court. Nice folks all but failures.
Sell the franchise to someone who, let's see, knows basketball and is not fixated on "name that team" games and pretty boy Kwami Brown's. Oh and then reduce the rip off ticket prices to something that is in line with the quality of the product. $5. per ticket comes to mind.

Posted by: bradjohnson | April 10, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Why do you have to choose a coach before the lottery (May 19th) -- which is a month and a week before the draft? Again, it may not make sense to -- DC would be a much less desirable place with the #3 pick (how low can we go now?).

OKC would never do that deal. C'mon. Durant is a proven star. That'd be a Jordan deal.

Posted by: positiveforce | April 10, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Makes no difference who coaches that team in DC. There is a losing environment and mentality. Maybe they should go back to the name Bullets. At least they were competitive back in the days of the Bullets. The name change from Bullets to Wizards was someones far reaching idea that the change would help stem the crime spree in DC. Guess what, it didn't. I think most people go to games to see stars from other teams....ala Lebron and Kobe to name several. I know people who have driven from NC to DC to see those two when they come to town. They don't even know who suits up for the Wizards.

Posted by: renaw9 | April 10, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

What difference does it make? The guy who signs on for this job is searching for a death wish.

The Bullets need to win the lottery EVERY YEAR because it seems when they do it once, they screw it up on their own. (Kwame Brown)

Posted by: caphcky | April 10, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse


Comparing Mark with Isaiah Thomas is like apples and oranges to me. Isaiah Thomas was a vengeful nimcomput. He could play, but he was not intelligent.

One of the worst things I've ever seen in the NBA was what he did to Adrian Dantley.

To have him traded away for his buddy Mark Aquirre was downright low-lifed and disrespectful.

At least the Piston organization realized that Dantley deserved a championship Ring and is why he has one today.

Mark Jackson is a smart individual and Isiah Thomas is not. Mark Jackson's knowledge and intelligence on the game is far superior to Isaiah.

And secondly, if Mark Jackson had the supporting cast that Isaiah had, he would have a few rings too.

And if Isaiah is so damn good, where is he on the all-time assist chart. Mark Jackson is number two behind John Stockton.

Ya heard me.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | April 10, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

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