Flip Saunders Quotes

Philip Daniel "Flip" Saunders (February 23, 1955 – October 25, 2015) was an American basketball player and coach. During his career, he coached the Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, and Washington Wizards.

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Flip Saunders


“When Ben struggles, sometimes that motivates him at the defensive end. He gets the attitude that if I'm not going to score, then you aren't going to score.”

Flip Saunders


“Rip did a great job and Redd didn't have a lot of breathing room. One of the reasons we aren't a big fouling team is that we don't produce a lot of steals. We don't jump out and we don't gamble. We play position defense. That's why so often our man-to-man looks like a zone. We try to make teams beat us over the top and contest every shot.”

Flip Saunders


“He's a different presence. There's no question that without him, they didn't go inside as much. He gives them a low-block presence. He's more of a go-to guy as far as inside down the stretch. Defensively, he's a shot blocker. It just gives them more bodies up front.”

Flip Saunders


“I think the one thing that people underestimate is that when there's adversity and they become challenged they rise up to the occasion. They love those types of situations. That's why this team is built for the playoffs.”

Flip Saunders


“At first you're there, you're happy to be there. ... Then the pressure becomes more to produce as you're there. There's no question that for young players, there's great excitement and enjoyment. But they have to get used to making the constant adjustments that happen over the course of a series and how every game, the intensity level kicks up more and more.”

Flip Saunders


“He's going to get enough punishment, hits and bruises next game.”

Flip Saunders


“He's fearless. He puts so much pressure on you. I am amazed at the punishment he takes. I'm amazed he's not hurt more (because of) how high he plays off the ground and the falls he takes.”

Flip Saunders


“Everyone can get better. You can always get better rebounding-wise. The toughest thing in our league is, with the way the rules have changed from last year, where you have to contain people out on the perimeter, and you can't touch people. That's always something that's very difficult.”

Flip Saunders


“This was a game I wish I could have been in the stands, just sitting there watching. This was a great basketball game between two teams who played hard and with a lot of emotion. It was a very entertaining game.”

Flip Saunders


“We both established ourselves at home with great crowds, and both have been the best teams on the road. Different sports, but it's like we've been looking at each other in the mirror.”

Flip Saunders


“He was somewhat emotional. It's a tough situation, and that's one of the reasons I played him a lot. I thought it was better for him to be occupied than to just sit and think.”

Flip Saunders


“We are at the tip of the iceberg as far as where we are and where we could be.”

Flip Saunders


“We have to know that they have other guys that are capable. Charlie Bell has played well. T.J. Ford had a pretty good game overall and we've got to continue to find those two. Just do what we normally do. Our philosophy is to contest whatever shot is taken, try to limit three-point shots and rebound the basketball. Those are three things we did.”

Flip Saunders


“Sometimes it's natural to take a step back a bit. It just depends on the flow of the game. But the one thing he does -- and a lot of our other guys do -- when it comes time to clamp down, he has the ability to do that.”

Flip Saunders


“Sometimes it's natural to take a step back a bit. It just depends on the flow of the game. But the one thing he does - and a lot of our other guys do - when it comes time to clamp down, he has the ability to do that.”

Flip Saunders