NBA Rumors: Flip Saunders on Verge of Being Fired, Wizards Making Right Choice

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 28:  Flip Saunders of the Washington Wizards questions a call with referee Jason Phillips (l) at Philips Arena on December 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The beginning of the NBA season has been as bad as it can get for the Washington Wizards. Not only have the Wizards started the season 0-8, but their coach, Flip Saunders, is about to lose his job because of it.

It's about time.

How low do the Wizards have to sink before they make a move?

Dating back to last season, the Wizards are in the middle of a 15-56 stretch that's among the worst in the NBA.

Saunders is 49-123 as coach of the Wizards and in the third of a four-year contract that reportedly will pay him $18 million.

This Wizards team does nothing well under Saunders. They don't shoot the ball well from anywhere. They are a lousy rebounding team. They don't play defense.

They need a new direction.

There was hope coming into the season with second-year point guard John Wall and a pair of talented big guys in Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee. Yet nothing is working in the nation's capital.

The players are bickering with each other, and there was even a report from CSNWashington that Rashard Lewis and assistant coach Sam Cassell got into an argument and Lewis refused to play in a game afterwards.

Saunders is beginning to lose control of this team. Add to that the simple lack of results, and Sunders needs to be replaced sooner rather than later.