Congratulations to Flip Saunders.  He has done a masterful job at figuring how to make millions from the NBA, even though he's been fired from two jobs.  Not that he isn't a decent coach-- the Pistons got rid of him even though his 75 per cent winning record was the best in history among Pistons coaches.  But now Saunders gets a 4-year $18.4 million deal to coach the Washington Wizards, an NBA team with a 19-61 record.  Would he have done it for $18 million and leave the point 4 off?

     I wonder how much Saunders has made from NBA coaching over the years.  It doesn't matter whether he wins in Washington with that lousy team-- he gets $18.4 million-- what does he care?  If he has good players, he'll win, if he doesn't he'll get fired again, which likely will happen sooner or later anyway.  I'm amazed at the money NBA owners throw at coaches, let alone players and figure it's value for them.  The Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons fired the guy-- he wasn't the guy they wanted in the end-- but he's worth $18.4 million from the unemployment line to the Washington Wizards. \

    These NBA people live in an economic world unknown to any other kind of business.  I shake my head at the money given coaches who win or lose almost exclusively because of the talent they are given.  All Saunders has to try and do is keep the players at bay and the malcontents cooled down.  He did it for awhile in Detroit and then he lost control and he got fired.  He got $5 million to stay away from the Pistons this year and now he goes back to work for another $4.6 million from another gullible team.  Man am I envious.


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  • by Jeff Location: East Lansing on Apr 21, 2009 at 11:24 AM
    After seeing the debacle in Detroit this year, Flip Saunders was a pretty good coach. If you don't get to the conference finals, you don't get a chance to win it all. He got us there and now look at where this franchise is. Michael Curry couldn't even produce a winning record. I have no idea what will happen in this round with Cleveland but I doubt that we will win this. No experience equals now result. Add that to the fact that trading Chauncey Billups was a disaster which most Piston fans could have told Joe D. and it was very difficult to watch them this year. Will Joe D. fire his friend?
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