The quality of play in the NBA this season has not been ideal, thanks to the lockout, but the Washington Wizards have stood out as a particularly putrid group. With their 1-12 record and numerous instances of in-fighting, they have no clear path to relevance and few bright spots to build upon. It's all a little depressing for everyone involved, from coaches to players to fans.
Head coach Flip Saunders appears to be taking these difficulties especially poorly. After Monday's 114-106 loss to the Rockets at the Verizon Center, he gave the media a sense of just how much of a toll the losing has had on his life. From Bullets Forever (via TBJ):
"You can say it really kills you to lose, but until it really kills you? For me, for 3-4 weeks, I've been on a steady diet of Subway, which is 20 minutes from my condo, and I bring it back up to my apartment. Because like I said, you don't feel good about yourself. As a team, that's how it has to be. It has to really hurt a lot.["]
There you have it: Flip Saunders hates losing so much that he's acting like your friend after the woman/man of his dreams dumped him for another man/woman. Someone should tell him to get back out in the world. Join a gym or take a dance class, Flip!
With any luck, the Wizards will win two games this week, at which point Flip can at least upgrade to an Outback Steakhouse takeout meal. Soon after, he can dine with the companion of his choice and get a 2-for-$20 deal at Chili's. Anything will be better than having a footlong Italian BMT for the third night in a row.