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Flip Saunders joins ESPN


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The last decade-plus of Wizards basketball has produced many coaches, with many faces of frustration and many quotes of sadness.

The list includes Gar Heard and Darrell Walker, Leonard Hamilton and Doug Collins, Eddie Jordan and Ed Tapscott, Flip Saunders and now Randy Wittman.

Saunders was certainly among the most frustrated of these men during his time in Washington, taking over what was supposed to be a playoff team and instead finding nothing but misery. His .282 winning percentage in Washington puts him behind Heard and Walker and Collins, and behind Jim Lynam and Wes Unseld.

And Saunders’s tenure produced one of the most memorable quotes in Wizards history, a mantra that should be plastered somewhere deep inside Verizon Center: “Don’t think it can’t get any worse, because it can.”

Well, it can also get better, and Saunders is now in a better place. Wednesday morning, ESPN announced that Saunders was joining the four-letter network as an NBA analyst. From the release:

Veteran NBA head coach Flip Saunders has joined ESPN as an NBA studio analyst. As part of the multiyear agreement, Saunders will make regular appearances on a variety of ESPN studio shows, including SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast, NBA Tonight and other news and information programming. Saunders is scheduled to appear Wednesday, Oct. 31, during NBA Coast to Coast at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN and Thursday, Nov. 1, during the 9 a.m. SportsCenter on ESPN.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to share the insights and perspective I gathered during my coaching career with NBA fans,” Saunders said in the release. “I admire ESPN’s NBA coverage, and I’m glad to be part of the team.”

To cite another Saunders standby quote, ” I guess the basketball gods reward you.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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