Well, Washington Wizards fans you should be rather excited that the man being considered as your new head coach is former Detroit Piston/Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders. I think a fair amount of you are going to think that I am being cynical about this but I actually believe that Saunders might be a good fit for this Wizards team.
Saunders who we last saw in Detroit will inherit a team with talent but has had some serious question marks surrounding the health of the big three in Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, and Caron Butler. Saunders has knack for taking teams to the Conference Finals (Three straight times with Detroit and once with Minnesota) where the Wizards have not gone since 1979.
The real question mark that has been surrounding Saunders career was his inability to make it to the title game. However to give Flip some leeway on that, there are many coaches in the NBA who have never even made it to the Conference Finals by less even win a playoff series.
(Counterpoint: Although the lack of defense in the “Lebron game” when he coached the Pistons might be blamed on Flip though.)
The outlook on the Wizards might even be brighter since they will also have a pending lottery pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Next season, the big three will most likely be healthy and the team will make solid push for a playoff appearance.
The real question is Saunders the right coach? To be honest, I would say yes since he does command veteran leaders to step up their game (examples: Chauncey Billups/Richard Hamilton) and is a solid teacher that might progress some of the younger players on the Wizards roster.
The Wizards will be a threat in the 2009-2010 NBA season and this time they have a “Flip”pin chance.