With a young squad featuring John Wall, Jordan Crawford, Andray Blatche, and JaVale McGee; the Wizards looked like they would at least improve upon a rebuilding season from last year.


After a league-worst 2-15 start to the season, the Washington Wizards have fired head coach Flip Saunders, who was on the third year of his four-year contract. Saunders was expected to turn this team around into a playoff-team like he has done before with teams like the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Obviously, Saunders will be coaching again soon, no doubt; just look at his resume from his earlier years. I guess things just couldn't click in Washington.

It just seemed like the players didn't want him either, as their playing level dropped, most notably the number one overall pick from 2010: John Wall.

"I felt like at this time, our players were not responding, and I think we needed a different voice. This doesn't change our overall plan, which always has been very transparent for us, which is to build through the draft, get salary-cap space going forward and develop our young players," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "They probably haven't developed as quickly as we'd like for them to develop. That's something we need to continue to work on."

Replacing Saunders will be Randy Wittman, who was the assistant coach. Maybe the Wizards can finally turn things around after this.
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