Szczerbiak: Flip Saunders Was Casualty Of Lockout

Former NBA All-Star and Flip Saunders product Wally Szczerbiak joined “The Sports Junkies” on 106.7 The Fan and talked about his experiences with the former Wizards coach as a player and why he was not able to succeed in Washington.

Part of the reason Szczerbiak thinks Saunders was not able to be successful this season was due to the NBA Lockout, which shortened training camps and time coaches could spend with players.

“It’s such a young team there and Flip has such an extensive playbook offensively with a shortened training camp, with guys not being acclaimated to each other and guys just being new to the league he wasn’t really able to implement his system fully,”  Wally said.

Also, Szczerbiak was surprised John Wall hasn’t taken a much larger step in his play this season because Flip Saunders was a former point guard and has always developed them and ran offensive sets through the position.

He added that he expects Flip to “land on his feet” because of his past success in the NBA and wishes the Wizards the same in the future.

Listen to the full Wally Szczerbiak interview below:

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  • Cornbread

    Wally is taking up for his former coach. The lockout had nothing to do with the state of the wizards. Ernie Grunfeld has assembled a terrible roster. He’s made some decent trades to unload salary but his draft picks have been suspect and his willingness to trade high draft picks for aging veterans makes him almost Vinny Cerrato-esque at this stage of his career.

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