|Flip Saunders fired by Pistons|
|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 03 June 2008 05:45|
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.''
In Saunders' three seasons, the Pistons were 176-70 in the regular season and 30-21 in the postseason, but they lost in the Eastern Conference finals each year.
Before coming to Detroit, Saunders was 411-326 with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 1995-05. He led them to eight straight postseason appearances - seven first-round exits and an appearance in the 2004 conference finals. After leading Minnesota to a franchise-high 58 wins, he was fired with a 25-26 mark in the 2004-05 season.