Flip Saunders Talks Back
Yesterday, I highlighted the beginnings of beef between the Pistons and their coach and asked the question “Should Detroit fans be concerned?” Well, after another night of abuse from Shaq and Dwyane, the answer appears to be in the affirmative. To compound the problem, Flip Saunders has responded to his players’ comments that surfaced in the media following game three, and he didn’t hold anything back.
“This is the same group that said we did more defensive drills than we ever did. …You want to talk about lack of defence? Yeah, there’s a lack of defence because guys aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do. If I gave up fifty points in the paint and I gave up thirteen straight drives to the basket when I’m supposed to be guarding someone, I mean these are things you learn in the sixth grade: Stay between your man and the basket. If you can’t do it, you are right, there’s going to be a defensive lapse.”
That’s cold, coach. I know your boys called you out, but questioning their effort on defence is on a par with insinuating that you’ve had inappropriate relations with their mothers. Flip wasn’t done there, though, also putting Tayshaun Prince on blast for one particular comment of his.
Yikes. The Pistons now have the Heat on their back and a coach on their ass. Needing to win three straight to advance to the finals, Detroit will likely have their summer schedule in mind as much as their game plan. I hear Miami is nice this time of year, fellas.