Despite an 0-8 start and reports of unrest in the locker room in Washington, Wizards head coach Flip Saunders’ job is safe for the time being, multiple sources have told the Washington Post.
While Washington remains the NBA’s only winless team, sources tell the Washington Post that Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is not willing to change the club’s plans on the rebuilding process this early into the season. While Saunders was hired by the club’s previous ownership group, the Washington Post says that Leonsis understands that rebuilding through the draft, as he did with the Washington Capitals, takes time.
Since taking over as head coach Saunders has led the Wizards to a 49-123 record. The coach signed on with the squad expecting to coach a veteran team featuring Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison, however injuries and a major suspension for Arenas forced the team into a rebuilding mode.
Yesterday it was reported that veteran forward Rashard Lewis engaged in an argument with the coaching staff prior to Sunday’s game against the Timberwolves and refused to play. He was not seen on the bench. Second year star John Wall also spoke out against the team’s attitude and selfish style of play earlier this year.