Tuesday May 3, 2008
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Saying that it's "time for a new voice to lead our team," the Detroit Pistons' president of basketball operations has fired coach Flip Saunders. The move comes four days after his team was eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals.
Saunders had a year left on a four-year deal he signed in 2005
to replace Larry Brown, who led the Pistons to two straight NBA
finals. The Pistons went 176-and-70 in the regular season and 30-and-21 in the postseason during Saunders' three seasons, but they lost in
the Eastern Conference finals each year.
Before coming to Detroit, Saunders was 411-and-326 with
Minnesota from 1995-2005. He led the Timberwolves to eight straight
postseason appearances, including seven first-round exits and an
appearance in the 2004 conference finals. After guiding Minnesota
to a franchise-high 58 wins during the 2003-2004 campaign, he was
fired the next season with his club having compiled a 25-and-26
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