Washington Wizards Assistant Don Zierden is "The Professional"

Jarrett CarterAnalyst IJune 7, 2009

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Interesting column from The Truth Wizards-Assistant-Unprofessional.html" target="_blank">via NBCWashington Sports about new Wizards assistant coach Don Zierden and his sudden departure as the head coach of the Minnesota Lynx days prior to the start of the WNBA season. Some have called Zierden unprofessional, but there’s business and then there is good business.

"No one can blame Zierden for taking an NBA gig. The WNBA is simply not a stable league, especially in Minnesota where the Lynx fall on the low side of league attendance averages."

Along with greater stability, being a Wizards assistant under Flip Saunders brings a greater opportunity to showcase talent for player development and communication. You won’t find a more talented—or goofy—assembly of players in the NBA. If Zierden is the one who can coax defensive stops and maturity out of this bunch, he’s likely to get a couple looks for head coaching gigs in the future.

Hey, it helped Mike Brown get on the San Antonio Spurs staff, and we know how his career turned from there.


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