Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  41 responses

Angry Flip Saunders Walked Out of Wizards’ Practice

Man, it’s a good thing Flip never had to coach Allen Iverson. Bullets Forever has the details from yesterday’s fireworks: “Five minutes after the media was let onto the main court for practice, Flip Saunders walked off the court and canceled practice due to the lack of effort and the barking that was taking place over disputed calls. A second practice was rescheduled for 4PM with no media availability. Just how bad was the practice? From what I witnessed there was a lot of sloppy play and the players were just going through the motions. However, it might be better to have Josh Howard’s perspective on the matter. Was it the worst practice the Wizards have held? ‘As far as focus, yeah. I got out there today and I could feel the intensity level go up when I was out there. But when I came out it was like guys forgot the game. It’s tough to watch that … 1-4, I’ve been in situations where I’ve started out 0-5 and made it to the Finals. It’s a correctable mistake. Guys need to go out there and sell it to one another. As the players slowly filed off the court Hilton Armstrong gathered the troops and insisted that they come back for the second practice with the necessary sense of urgency and effort.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    How long before Gilbert is moved out of town? I say by Dec 15th.

  • http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/ Anthony

    Gilbert in a Knick uniform would be funny.

  • http://air-tsinelas.blogspot.com Roy

    @ Eboy: I agree. Moving Gilbert Arenas could perhaps improve the Wizards’ performance and record….

  • http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/ Anthony

    Gilbert/Baron Davis: same battle

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    ^switch ‘em: Gil for Baron. maybe the change of scenery will do them both some good.

  • EtheKnickfan

    Cosign Eboy– but to what team? Not my knicks, if that happens with the money saved…..(i’m back)Yeah as I was writin what team

  • EtheKnickfan

    ya think the clips take Gilbert?

  • jay

    gilbert arenas is just an impersonation of an NBA player.

  • LeBron de Con

    Gil needs to go to a club where guns are accepted and fights are commonplace. I’d say the Heat.

  • jay

    trade him for iverson.

  • jay

    trade him for foodstamps.

  • jay

    trade him for iverson

  • Pat rick

    Josh Howard must’ve been smoking weed once again, because he was talking about SITUATIONS where he has started 0-5 and made it to the finals. As far as I can count, it’s only been one finals appearance!

  • rikson

    Everytime a rumor is out, that somebody gets traded all the morons scream “NY!”… Its getting boring!

  • http://Mrjones21901@aol.com Run’n'Gun219

    trade him to portland for andre miller and fernandez

  • tom

    gil could be a great fit for the hornets, shipping peja out with draft picks

  • http://eastofeden55@hotmail.com Waggle

    Does everyone forget what Gil was doing before his injury? The limited games he played at the beginning of last year coming off an injury weren’t even bad. Don’t even put him in the same sentence as Baron. Baron has NEVER been in the same category as Gil

  • Jumper

    Now that would be amazing, Gil as a hornet!!! They’d be scary! Or He’d errode the team unity and take down what appears to be a promising young team

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I’m supportive of the Gil to NO move too.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Who is going to be willing to take on that contract, especially with his limited minutes to show what he can actually do.


    stupid comment from Cheryl. Baron career is in Hollywood, not on the court. Agent Zero(or 9, i prefer the old) was still putting big numbers before the incident. 22 and 7 dimes. Davis cannot even cough up 15 points a night.

  • Anon E Mouse

    Sorry rikson but when you’ve sat at rock bottom for as long as we have you start looking for anyone to save the day. I’d take Zero in a heartbeat. OK, he’ll probably turn into another Starbury but it’ll sure be a fantastic rollercoaster ride while it lasts ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Gil to Orlando


    Which back court you guys prefer, Ellis and Curry(they dismantled the raps last night) or a healthy Arenas and my top NBA Fantasy pick John Wall.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    …..shoulda never fired Eddie Jordan……Flip has had every opportunity, and has proven he can not run this basketball team. Eddie had the worst of luck with injuries in his starting 5, and still maintained his squad formidable opponents in the East….

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Why would some of you compare Gilbert to Baron? No real comparison and I’m not even a fan of Arenas. Baron is a cancer. Arenas is not. You have to cut out cancer.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    The rest of the team quickly walked out of practice after Gilbert suggested the team participate in shooting drills.
    @Allenp – I find your comments offensive but instead of addressing it like a man I shall do so in a very roundabout fashion on Twitter, adding details to add drama to the story.

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  • Hammer

    The piece said nuthin bout gilbert. Every1 is just assuming its him. People just jump 2 conclusions. Besides, NOBODY is gonna take on that huge contract

  • The Philosopher

    They do not respect Flip.
    Said the same thing last season.
    Andray Blatche took whatever credibility Flip Saunders had left after Kevin Garnett humiliated him.
    Flip lies, too.

  • T-Money

    Why the hate on Gil? He’s actually been playing well and behaving this year. Their frontcourt is GARBAGE.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    i dunno allen, how is gilbert NOT a cancer? especially considering what happened last year?

  • onlyclipsfanonslam

    whoa… no one is mentioned as being the spark of Flip storming off. The team is full of underachievers, is it really hard to believe that EVERYONE is to blame?

  • http://slamonline.com bash

    Andray Blatche needs to be waived. In all seriousness, he is the worst player the NBA. If you don’t agree with that, you have to agree that he’s the worst starter. He’s the biggest reason for their struggles. A cry baby with no discernible talent who puts up garbage time numbers. You all want to talk about Gilbert, but I’ve watched them this season and last. Blatche is the one who disrupts the offense by taking bad shots and missing layups. Why is he still in the league?

  • http://www.bunzl.com.au OZ Baller

    Good call Bash

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Why all the unwarranted gil hate? So much groupthink, so little observation and independent thought.

  • http://www.slamonline melvin ely

    well Tarzan it’s not like there isn’t any available evidence to suggest otherwise. Flip’s a horrible coach when it comes to getting through his players. Arenas is NOT a cancer, but he is a constant distraction, and it would honestly do him a ton of good to get out of Washington. And Blatche is a b*tch who hasn’t acheived anything of value in the league but walks around like he’s the sh*t and all that. I say blow this team up, build around Mcgee and Wall, and whoever they can pick up next lottery, trade Gil for expiring contracts (Eddy Curry? Peja?), and start over. Wall especially is such a ridiculously talented player, it will pay off a hundred times over if you surround him with tough character guys with good chemistry not the clown posse they have out there in DC.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Baron and Blatche are the same to me – don’t want either of those guys on my team even if all I had to give up was a 2nd round pick and good ‘ol cash considerations. Team killers.

  • Towelie

    hahah clown posse…priceless

  • birdy

    the article never even mentioned gilbert and you guys talk as if hes to blame for this. why dont y’all cut him some slack?

  • marc

    Its funny how the article is about the wizards but I see so much hate towards baron. If Baron was healthy he would put up numbers.