Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Bye Flip

Flip Saunders out as Pistons coach

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Flip Saunders was fired as Detroit Pistons coach today, four days after his team was eliminated by the Boston Celtics [team stats] in the Eastern Conference finals.

President of basketball operations Joe Dumars said it’s "time for a new voice to lead our team." Saunders had a year left on a four-year deal he signed in 2005. The decision comes three years after Saunders took over for Larry Brown, who led the Pistons to two straight NBA finals.

"Decisions like this are difficult to make, especially with the success we have had throughout the last three regular seasons," Dumars said in a statement. "However, at this time, I feel it is necessary to make a change."

A message left for Saunders was not immediately returned. Dumars was to speak today at the team’s practice facility.

More of the article here.

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