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.