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With many of the same issues so early on in the season that Wizards fans have seen before, it is clear that it all can be tied to the man in charge, Flip Saunders.
Saunders led teams in both Minnesota and Detroit to the playoffs, yet was fired because both teams felt they needed a “new voice.”
After being called out by Rasheed Wallace, losing all credibility in Detroit and subsequently not being able to control Andray Blatche, it seems that the critics' view of Saunders as a pushover and weak leader may be correct.
The Wizards team is in a far worse place then anyone could have expected two games into the season and the responsibility ultimately falls upon Saunders to be the glue to hold the team together and coach them through the hard times.
However, his track record shows that he falters in the face of adversity. I predict that if the team keeps playing the way it has been, there will be another Rasheed-type incident that may spark a loss of control for Saunders.
While people may think I’m being harsh and that I’m jumping the gun two games into the season, the truth is, these problems have been consistent since his arrival.
Saunders is giving this young team too much leeway and is letting the team go its own way without instilling discipline and clearly defining roles for each player.
With much being made about Wall yelling commands to Flip and the disjointed play thus far, I fear that Saunders may not be able to right the ship and turn this around.
Perhaps Flip should borrow that leadership book back from Blatche.