Saunders Looking for more Accountability
The Wizards (0-7) haven’t had any success with the latter, off to the worst start in franchise history as the NBA’s only winless team. But (Flip) Saunders is ready to take the next step in the former by no longer relying on the obvious crutch of an inexperienced roster with seven players age 23 and younger.
“I told those guys maybe I let them off the hook a little bit, because they are younger and I said, ‘We’re not going to do that anymore,’ ” Saunders said. “Everyone talks about us being young, and maybe we’re doing you a disservice. We have to coach you like a playoff team, like every game is a playoff game and if you’re not playing hard and you continue to make mental mistakes, you’re going to sit down. We’ll give somebody else an opportunity and you’ll go back in. Sometimes, when you have young players, you say, ‘We’re going to let them play through their mistakes.’ But there has to be some consequence for that.”