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Former Wizards Coach Hires Himself to Coach Timberwolves

June 5th, 2014 at 1:08 PM
By Andy Livingston

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Former Washington Wizards Head Coach and current Timberwolves President Flip Saunders hired himself to be the new coach of the Twolves.

After a speculative period that almost saw the Timberwolves trade for Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger (a flip disciple) and entertaining former coaches as Lionel Hollins and Vinny Del Negro, Saunders looked into the mirror and saw that the man looking back at him was the best choice.

It's a move that isn't entirely shocking, rumors of it were buzzing ever since coach Rick Adelman retired at the end of this season, but is still a little surprising given the Kevin Love situation. 

Saunders last coached with the Wizards in 2011-12 and was fired and replaced by assistant Randy Wittman. In addition to Washington, Saunders held coaching positions in Minnesota and with the Detroit Pistons. He posted a regular season winning percentage of .548 and had a 47-51 record in the postseason.

Saunders hiring himself to coach is eerily similar to the move made by former Vice President Dick Cheney when Cheney was tasked with finding the best Vice Presidential candidate for then Republican Nominee, when his search was exhausted, Cheney selected himself as the best candidate.

One has to wonder what the interview process was like when Flip came to this devision. Was it Clint Eastwood-esque, talking to an empty chair? Or Dirk Diggler in the final scene of Boogie Nights?

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Kevin Love still intends to become a free agent in 2014-15.

Tags: Basketball, Flip Saunders, NBA, Washington, Washington Wizards

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