Pistons name Flip Saunders head coach

July 21, 2005 at 6:19 PM
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 21 (UPI) -- The Detroit Pistons named Flip Saunders Thursday to replace Larry Brown as head coach, two days after Brown left the team.

Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars said the club signed the former Minnesota Timberwolves coach to a multi-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.

"Flip has developed a reputation as one of the top coaches in the NBA and has a proven track record for developing players and getting the most out of the teams he has coached," said Dumars.

Saunders, 50, has 411 NBA coaching victories, 33rd among all-time NBA head coaches and ninth among active NBA head coaches. In 10 years with the Timberwolves, he led the team to eight consecutive playoff appearances.

He takes over a team in Detroit that has been in the NBA Finals for the past two seasons, winning the NBA Championship in 2004.

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