Sunday, January 8, 2012

Wizards Tuning Out Saunders

As of now the Washigton Wizards are the worse team in the NBA. They have young, talented players but they act like they're playing at the Rucker instead of the NBA. It looks like a real life version of the movie "Above The Rim" without the dramatic characters. And they're dangerously heading toward 0-18, New Jersey Nets bad after today's loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The worse part of this is that they've finally admitted to tuning out head coach Flip Saunders. Boy, that's a shocker. That's something I've figured out since last season. I kind of feel sorry for Saunders, but he simply can't coach. Having his players not listening to him makes the situation even worse.

 Forward Andray Blatche called today's performance "sickening" and "embarassing".

"Flip is definitely doing his job," Blatche said. "I just don't feel like guys are listening and following behind what he says and what he wants us to do."

"Guys want to try to do it their own way, and it's not working," Blatche said. "The record shows that. I feel like everybody should go home and focus and think and take consideration for what Flip is saying, because it can't hurt. It damn sure ain't helping us our way."

That is your captain speaking. The same person who earlier questioned his role in the offense.

"It's on us as players, because we're the ones being put out there at the end of the day, embarrassing ourselves," Blatche said.

If they're not listening to the message now, I think it's about time that they should. But it may take another coach to get the message across to the youngsters.

It's gotten so bad, even the super confident John Wall is having doubts.

"I didn't expect it to be this tough," said Wall who was 3-for-10 with 10 points and six assists. "It's just not good right now. ... You've got to have some type of urgency out there on the court to want to play. You've got to have some type of self-esteem or some type of pride that you don't want to keep being 0-8. It's a pride game now."

Well John, it's the NBA, not high school or college. It's a grown man's league, it's supposed to be tough.

When Saunders was asked what he planned to do he gave an answer that most would give.

"What can I do as a coach to get us better? Right now, I haven’t done a good enough job. That’s evident. We’re not totally getting through to some guys and some guys continue to play the way they want to play and not the way we need to play as far as a team."

It's obvious he hasn't done a good job. If I'm Saunders I'd let someone take this death trap of a job and return to Minnesota or try to get a job on his good buddy Kevin McHale's staff in Houston.


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