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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Randy Wittman to coach against Golden State

By Michael Lee

Lead assistant Randy Wittman will lead the Wizards on Wednesday as Coach Flip Saunders deals with a medical emergency involving his mother, Kay, in suburban Cleveland. Kay Saunders, 90, has been in poor health since late December and was recently placed in intensive care.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, she is gravely ill. Saunders missed Tuesday's practice and could be away from the team for the next few days.

Wittman filled in for Saunders on Dec. 29 -- when Saunders first rushed back to be with his mother -- and guided the team to a 104-90 win over the Indiana Pacers. For the past two months, Saunders has been making sneaking away to make visits and has missed at least three practices.

When the Wizards defeated the Cavaliers last month, Saunders spent some extra time with his mother, whom he credits with giving him his feisty side. His father, Walter, also attended the game, which is the Wizards' only road win this season.

By Michael Lee  | March 2, 2011; 12:35 PM ET
Categories:  Flip Saunders  
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Comments

part of this does not need to be printed. if folks can't read between the lines, it's on them. I wish Flip and his family the best.

Posted by: oknow1 | March 2, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse


Every word that was written needed to be written, oknow1. It's okay to esentially write that he's spending time with his mother before she passes. Best wishes for Saunders and his family.

Posted by: tgif11 | March 2, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Always a tough position to deal with in a person's life. Best wishes that things work out as best as they can.

Posted by: bobilly1 | March 2, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Do what you need to do to help flip

Posted by: jefferu | March 2, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I wish his mother & family all the best but no Flip probably means a W for us. Has to be said

Posted by: dlts2041 | March 2, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't have to be said...sports mean nothing compared to family. Wittmans 1-0 so calm down with your soothsayin' dlts2041

Posted by: Wizbullets88 | March 2, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Really sad to hear the downturn in Ma Saunders' health. Best wishes to our coach and his son and the rest of their fam.

With that being said, and all due respect to Flip; maybe he shoulda stepped down if her condition was so serious he's had to take every free moment to be with his family and miss no less than 3 (and possibly many more) practices. I completely understand that his family comes first, and he has to do what's right for him and his fam, but his mom's health has been an issue that he's had to tend to since early on. maybe he shoulda stepped down so he could focus on family and we could get a coach who could focus on basketball.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 2, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

maybe he shoulda stepped down so he could focus on family and we could get a coach who could focus on basketball.Posted by: lilhollywood10"

That argument might carry more weight if we had some basketball players on the roster...

Posted by: Samson151 | March 2, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 2, 2011 3:36 PM""

So, basically, as far as you're concerned anytime a person has a family emergency, they should just up and quit their job? Really? Ever hear of the FMLA?

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 2, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"That argument might carry more weight if we had some basketball players on the roster..."

Posted by: Samson151 | March 2, 2011 4:31 PM

No it wouldn't.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 2, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

maybe he shoulda stepped down so he could focus on family and we could get a coach who could focus on basketball.

"Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 2, 2011 3:36 PM""

So, basically, as far as you're concerned anytime a person has a family emergency, they should just up and quit their job? Really? Ever hear of the FMLA?

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 2, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I agree he shouldn't step down just because his mother is ill he should step down because he sucks and there has been no improvement on the way the team has been playing.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | March 2, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I agree he shouldn't step down just because his mother is ill he should step down because he sucks and there has been no improvement on the way the team has been playing.

Posted by: bulletsfan78

We know Flip's not going anywhere any time soon because of the money Ted still owes him. Those who are firm believers in getting rid of Flip should take a page from Mets fans who started a campaign (last year I think) to raise money to buy out Oliver Perez's contract (a bad FA signing).

http://network.yardbarker.com/mlb/article_external/mets_fans_trying_to_raise_money_to_buy_out_oliver_perezs_contract/3415677

There you have it, a method to end the madness.

Posted by: ts35 | March 2, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I can't say if Flip is a good coach or not, but now is not the time to be ragging on him.

I am not sure how many coaches could get more out of this rag tag team of expendables, sixth men, bench riders and John Wall.

I will say one thing, though, the owner is not going to lose a nickel he doesn't have to.

This teamis abysmal. Worse than I could imagine - which was already pretty bad.

the good signs? Booker looks like a Player, Wall is shaping up to be everything we expected and possibly a whole lot more, Seraphin is showing he can play,

McGee is not injured (yea i know -weak praise indeed. I am disappointed in him but stillthinks he gives us 7 solid years of top ten center basketball, just maybe never makes it to top 5)

Nick Young has probably earned himself a taker in a decent trade.

I'll watch a game here and there, but won't get excited til the draft or next season.

Those of you who still post multiple times a day, really? for this team? On a nightly basis, this may be the least competitive team the NBA has fielded in a decade.

Posted by: Blurred | March 2, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

None of Blurred's opinions mean anyting since he only watches games here or there. How do you know ANYTHING if you don't watch the team?

Posted by: Wizbullets88 | March 2, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I believe a very Classy move by the wizards would be to let Flip take a leave of absence with pay for the next couple of weeks. I mean what do you have to lose? They paid so many fired coaches ie.. Eddie J, Bernie B, Gar H, Jim L, and Lenoard H. were all fired and still getting paid. The were gracious enough to escort Bibby and Big Z and Gooden out with pay as well. Please Ted , just let the flipper take the rest of the year off . I think it would also be a good PR move for the team to let him spend his last days with his mom. We all know he won't be back next year anyway.

Posted by: specialg7master | March 2, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

" How do you know ANYTHING if you don't watch the team?Posted by: Wizbullets88'

Need I point out that there are plenty of folks around here who watch every game and still don't know anything?

Posted by: Samson151 | March 2, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

So, basically, as far as you're concerned anytime a person has a family emergency, they should just up and quit their job? Really? Ever hear of the FMLA?

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 2, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

just talkin bout flip and this particular situation. other people's families may live in closer proximity, or their job may provide flexibility to accommodate the individual, or maybe their job isn't very important and their absence won't be missed. Since you're making stuff up, we can go a lot of different ways with it. Step down, leave of absence, whatever. This situation has obviously been weighing on Flip all year long. Why not take some extended me time, if not step down? Attacking me doesn't really answer that question, however fun it may be.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 3, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

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