Well, the Flip Saunders era “officially” begun today (yesterday, meant to get this posted then, but blogger was acting funny) with a short and sweet press conference. Yep, seems like the Wizards franchise is ‘Determined to Deliver’ four c-words to fans next year. Keep reading for quotes and commentary from the presser.
Ernie Grunfeld Quotes:
“Start of a new beginning.”
“Not only a winner in the regular season, but also in the playoffs.”
Flip Saunders Quotes:
Flip cited the “loyal fans” in D.C. early on.
HOWEVER, the franchise has made drastic improvement since the days when the crack sales team only marketed the opponent. And the Verizon Center is one of the few NBA arenas that gives LeBron James a decent smattering of boos … that makes me proud.
“Not just a basketball game, but an ‘event’.”
Flip Saunders touted the need for “luck” in some aspects, but also said that you make your own luck.
Flip Saunders “loves Gilbert Arenas’ competitiveness.”
Flip Saunders: “My huge playbook is 60% defense, 40% offense.”
Saunders spoke of “hockey assists” with a shot out to the “hockey here[in DC]“ but didn’t call out the Caps by name.
“America is a great country because it’s a melting pot…and as a basketball team, we need to be the same way.”
“Can’t all be robots.”
Flip expressed that he wanted to take “responsibility for bringing personalities together to maximize strengths.”
As a coach, “you have to be willing to listen” — “sometimes players have good advice, sometimes they don’t” — “want them to take accountability”
“How you carry yourself off the floor reflects how you carry yourself on the floor.”
“You play 82 games in the season to perfect how you play in the playoffs.”
- Bulleted Thoughts on the Flip Saunders Press Conference – Bullets Forever
- Click here for photos from WashingtonWizards.com (Verizon logo comes for free)
- ‘The Process Starts Today’ – Wizards Insider, Washington Post
- Best Quotes From Saunders News Conference – Wizards Insider, Washington Post
- Flip left-overs – Wizards Outlet, Washington Times
- Wizards introduce Saunders as head coach – Washington Times
- Commitment is key for Wizards’ coach – Washington Times
- Open Thread: Flip Saunders Press Conference – Bullets Forever
- Can Saunders flip the Wiz’s record? – Washington Examiner