The Washington Wizards are easily the most entertainingly dysfunctional team in the league. After yesterday’s latest JaVale McGee showboating — he did an alley-oop to himself while the Wizards were down by double figures — Flip Saunders lost it. Via Mike Prada of SB Nation, former Piston Maurice Evans had an interesting comparison for his current team:
Veteran Mo Evans also agreed with Saunders, saying the experience reminded him of when he was with the Detroit Pistons and they kept losing in the Eastern Conference Finals.
“I’ve been on a team in the past where we kind of showboated a little bit, and we were winning and in the playoffs. As a result, we went to Miami that year and got beat the heck up,” he said. I think that’s something people will look at. We already are struggling to get wins and we don’t need to try to get someone else back.”
Interestingly, Evans (who may or may not have had the best relationship with that 2006 team) doesn’t mention a little important footnote in the equation — that Saunders was the coach in both of these scenarios. Probably wouldn’t have been the best idea to mention that — “I remember this other time playing for Flip Saunders when our team would also play undisciplined.” I don’t remember Saunders being that publicly vocal when his Pistons teams would get complacent, but I guess it’s easier to forgive when your team is a title contender rather than a bottom feeder.