Juan Dixon is an American former professional basketball player and the current head coach for Coppin State University in Baltimore. Dixon led the University of Maryland Terrapins to their first NCAA championship in 2002 and earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2002 Final Four. Dixon was born in Maryland where he attended Lake Clifton High School as a freshman, he attended and played basketball at Calvert Hall, a high school in Towson, Maryland. While at Calvert Hall, he scored 1,590 career points under the tutelage of head coach Mark Amatucci. Both his mother and father, were heroin addicts, died of AIDS-related illnesses before Dixon was 17 years old, he was raised by his grandparents Roberta and Warnick Graves in Baltimore. Dixon's aunt, Sheila Dixon, was the mayor of Baltimore. Dixon's half brother is Jermaine Dixon, who played shooting guard for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers basketball team, his second cousin Brandon Driver played cornerback for the San Jose State Spartans football team.
In 2016, Juan Dixon discovered that Phil Dixon was not his biological father, that his biological father Bruce Flanigan was still alive. Flanigan had an affair with Juanita Dixon while she was separated from Phil, a blood test confirmed his paternity. Dixon & Flanigan became good friends. Dating since 1996, Dixon married his high-school sweetheart, Robyn Bragg Dixon, in July 2005, she works in the public relations field and is a cast member in the Bravo reality television show Real Housewives of Potomac. They have two sons and Carter; the two still live together in Maryland. Dixon arrived at the University of Maryland, College Park after head coach Gary Williams inadvertently discovered him at an AAU tournament in Georgia. Williams watched. Williams was impressed by the effort. Dixon averaged 7.4 points per game. He made improvements in his sophomore year as he averaged 18 points per game and was selected to the 1999–2000 All-ACC team. Both Dixon and the Terps entered the 2000–01 season with high expectations.
The Terps began ranked in the top ten in most major polls while Dixon was a candidate for the Naismith Award Player of the Year award and the Wooden Award Player of the Year award. Dixon helped lead the Terps to their first Final Four appearance where the team lost to Duke. Dixon ended the season averaging 18.2 points per game and was again elected to the All-ACC first team. Maryland began the 2001–02 season ranked #2 in ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. Dixon led the Terps to a 32–4 record and the school's first National Championship, he was voted to All-ACC team and was a first team All-American. He was recognized as one of the nation's best college players and was honored as the 2002 ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year and ACC Athlete of the Year, he became Maryland's all-time scoring leader when he scored 29 points against Wisconsin to help Maryland advance to the Sweet Sixteen, passing Len Bias. He became the only player in NCAA history to accumulate 2,000 points, 300 steals and 200 three-point field goals.
In addition to leaving Maryland as the school's all-time scoring leader, Dixon left as the Terrapins' all-time leader in three-pointers made and attempted. He is second on third in free-throw percentage. Dixon stands as Maryland's all-time NCAA Tournament scoring leader with 294. Upon completion of his career, Dixon's # 3 jersey now hangs in the Xfinity Center. In 2002, Juan Dixon was honored as a part of the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team, one of only 8 Terrapins selected to the 50-man team. After his senior season, Dixon was featured on the cover of NCAA Final Four. Dixon was drafted 17th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2002 NBA draft, he spent the first three years of his NBA career with the Wizards. In his third season in Washington, he averaged eight points per game, including a career-high 35 points in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Bulls. Dixon signed as a free agent with the Portland Trail Blazers during the summer of 2005. Soon after, his Wizards and Terrapins teammate and friend Steve Blake signed with Portland as well.
In his first game back in D. C. Dixon was given a standing ovation from the Verizon Center crowd upon coming off the bench towards the end of the first quarter. In Dixon's first year with the Blazers, he played in 76 games. In his last year with the Wizards, he only started four games and played in 63, he increased his scoring and shooting percentage in Portland. However, he was traded at the 2007 NBA trade deadline to Toronto for Fred Jones and future considerations. On the 2008 NBA trade deadline, February 21, 2008, Dixon was traded from the Toronto Raptors to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for center Primož Brezec and cash considerations. On September 24, 2008, the Washington Wizards signed Dixon to a guaranteed one-year deal for $1.03 million, the veterans' minimum for a player with Dixon's experience. On Sep 28, 2009, Juan Dixon signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks, he was waived October 20, 2009. On November 1, 2009, Dixon signed with Aris Thessaloniki of the Greek A1 League; the next season, he joined Unicaja Málaga of Spain.
In February 2010, he was suspended indefinitely by FIBA after testing positive for steroids. In March 2011, he signed with Bandırma Banvit in Turkey, he played one season before entering the coaching profession. On November 27, 2013, Dixon joined the Maryland Terrapin coaching staff as a sp
Chauncey Ray Billups is an American retired professional basketball player who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association. A star at the University of Colorado, he was selected third overall in the 1997 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. A five-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA selection, Billups played for the Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers during his NBA career, he won the NBA Finals MVP in 2004 after helping the Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals, was given the nickname "Mr. Big Shot" for making late-game shots with Detroit; the Pistons retired his #1 jersey in 2016. In 2004, Billups was honored by the University of Colorado by being the fifth player to have his jersey retired; the Coors Events Center has a large mural of Billups in the northeast corner of the arena as part of his "Chauncey's Kid Roundup" program. Born in Denver, Billups graduated from George Washington High School of Denver in 1995.
At George Washington, he was a four-time All-State first team pick, Colorado Mr. Basketball three times, Colorado Player of the Year as a sophomore and as a junior, he started on varsity as a freshman. He did not play due to a shoulder injury. For college, Billups chose the University of Colorado over Kansas, Georgia Tech, University of California-Berkeley, Oklahoma State. At Colorado, Billups averaged 18.5 points, 5.1 assists, 5.6 rebounds per game over his two seasons. In the 1996–97 season, he was named to the All-Big 12 Conference First Team, the Basketball Times All-American First Team, Consensus 2nd team All-American; that same season, the Buffaloes finished second in the Big 12 conference with an overall record of 22–10. Billups led the Buffaloes to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 28 years; as a 9-seed and the Buffalos upset the 8-seed Indiana Hoosiers 80–62 but lost to the North Carolina Tar Heels 56–73. Billups averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists per game. Consensus second-team All-American All-Big 12 First Team AllBuffs.com All-Time Colorado Buffaloes Men's Basketball Team No. 4 retired by University of Colorado Billups was drafted third overall in the 1997 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.
He did not mesh with new Celtics head coach Rick Pitino. Years Billups reflected on his stint in Boston, commenting, "That didn't help; that didn't give me a chance to slow down and listen to myself, listen to the game and what's going on. I never had that chance, it was a recipe for disaster there." In addition, the Celtics coaching staff did not know whether to play him as a point guard or shooting guard. Fifty-one games Billups was traded to the Toronto Raptors on the trading deadline. On February 18, 1998, Billups was traded to the Toronto Raptors, along with Roy Rogers, Dee Brown, John Thomas in exchange for All-Star point guard Kenny Anderson, Žan Tabak, Popeye Jones. On January 21, 1999, he was dealt to his hometown Denver Nuggets in a three-way deal involving one of Billups's future teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota received Dean Garrett and Bobby Jackson from Denver, Toronto received Željko Rebrača and Micheal Williams from Minnesota and the 5th pick in the 1999 NBA draft from Denver.
Billups, along with Tyson Wheeler, was sent to Denver from Toronto. Three months into his first tenure with the Nuggets, Billups visited a local Denver hospital in order to comfort and inspire Patrick Ireland, a victim of the 1999 Columbine High School Shooting Massacre. A year on February 1, 2000, Billups was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Ron Mercer and Johnny Taylor in exchange for Chris Gatling, Tariq Abdul-Wahad, a future first-round pick, cash. Billups was on the injured list until season's end due to an injured shoulder and never played a game for the Magic. Despite this, he was included in the season-ending team photo. Among NBA circles, Billups was considered a draft bust. Billups was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves as a back-up to point guard Terrell Brandon, who would mentor the troubled player alongside Sam Mitchell, Wally Sczerbiak, Kevin Garnett. Billups would work with his more experienced teammates on shooting, decision-making and the other attributes that came with playing point guard in the NBA, such as learning to work more with teammates, deciding which plays would be most beneficial for the team in a specific situation.
During the 2001–02 season, Brandon suffered a serious knee injury. Billups had a breakthrough 2001 -- 02 season; the Timberwolves won 50 games before they were swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, with Billups averaging 22 points per game in the series. After his breakthrough season, Billups became a free agent. Billups wanted to return to the Timberwolves, but the team wanted to see how Brandon would respond to his knee injury. In June 2002, Billups signed a 5-year, $35 million contract with the Detroit Pistons to be the team's new starting point guard; when he signed with the Pistons, he was forced to take the number 1 because number 4 was retired in honor of Joe Dumars. Billups earned respect from Pistons fans and colleagues for his tenacious defense and clutch shooting. In 2002–03, Billups helped Detroit finish first overall in the Eastern Conference with a 50–32 regular season record. Billups earned the nickname "Mr. Big-Shot" during the regular season for two events.
He first made a game winning three on March 9 as time expired to beat the Golden State Warriors 107–105 and Billups scored 31 points. The second event was just over
The five basketball positions employed by organized basketball teams are the point guard, the shooting guard, the small forward, the power forward, the center. The point guard is the leader of the team on the court; this position requires substantial ball handling skills and the ability to facilitate the team during a play. The shooting guard, as the name implies, is the best shooter; as well as being capable of shooting from longer distances, this position tends to be the best defender on the team. The small forward has an aggressive approach to the basket when handling the ball; the small forward is known to make cuts to the basket in efforts to get open for shots. The power forward and the center are called the "frontcourt" acting as their team's primary rebounders or shot blockers, or receiving passes to take inside shots; the center is the larger of the two. Only three positions were recognized based on where they played on the court: Guards played outside and away from the hoop and forwards played outside and near the baseline, with the center positioned in the key.
During the 1980s, as team strategy evolved. More specialized roles developed. Team strategy and available personnel, still dictate the positions used by a particular team. For example, the dribble-drive motion offense and the Princeton offense use four interchangeable guards and one center; this set is known as a "four-in and one-out" play scheme. Other combinations are prevalent. Besides the five basic positions, some teams use non-standard or hybrid positions, such as the point forward, a hybrid small forward/point guard; the point guard known as the one, is the team's best ball handler and passer. Therefore, they lead their team in assists and are able to create shots for themselves and their teammates, they are quick and are able to hit shots either outside the three-point line or "in the paint" depending on the player's skill level. Point guards are looked upon as the "floor general" or the "coach on the floor", they should study the game and game film to be able to recognize the weaknesses of the defense, the strengths of their own offense.
They are responsible for directing plays, making the position equivalent to that of quarterback in American football, playmaker in association football, center in ice hockey, or setter in volleyball. Good point guards increase team efficiency and have a high number of assists, they are referred to as dribblers or play-makers. In the NBA, point guards are the shortest players on the team and are 6 feet 4 inches or shorter; the shooting guard is known as the two or the off guard. Along with the small forward, a shooting guard is referred to as a wing because of its use in common positioning tactics; as the name suggests, most shooting guards are prolific from the three-point range. Besides being able to shoot the ball, shooting guards tend to be the best defender on the team, as well as being able to move without the ball to create open looks for themselves; some shooting guards have good ball handling skills creating their own shots off the dribble. A versatile shooting guard will have good passing skills, allowing them to assume point guard responsibilities known as combo guards.
Bigger shooting guards tend to play as small forwards. In the NBA, shooting guards range from 6 feet 4 inches to 6 feet 8 inches; the small forward known as the three, is considered to be the most versatile of the main five basketball positions. Versatility is key for small forwards because of the nature of their role, which resembles that of a shooting guard more than that of a power forward; this is why the small forward and shooting guard positions are interchangeable and referred to as wings. Small forwards have a variety such as quickness and strength inside. One common thread among all kinds of small forwards is an ability to "get to the line" and draw fouls by aggressively attempting plays, lay-ups, or slam dunks; as such, accurate foul shooting is a common skill for small forwards, many of whom record a large portion of their points from the foul line. Besides being able to drive to the basket, they are good shooters from long range; some small forwards have good passing skills, allowing them to assume point guard responsibilities as point forwards.
Small forwards should be able to do a little bit of everything on the court playing roles such as swingmen and defensive specialists. In the NBA, small forwards range from 6 feet 6 inches to 6 feet 9 inches; the power forward known as the four plays a role similar to that of the center, down in the "post" or "low blocks". The power forward is the team's most versatile scorer, being able to score close to the basket while being able to shoot mid-range jump shots from 12 to 18 feet from the basket; some power forwards have become known as stretch fours, since extending their shooting range to three-pointers. On defense, they are required to have the strength to guard bigger players close to the basket and to have the athleticism to guard quick players away from the basket. Most power forwards tend to be more versatile than centers since they can be part of plays and are not always in the low block. In the
Antonio Keithflen McDyess is an American former professional basketball player. Listed at 6'9" and 245 lb, McDyess played as a power forward. McDyess was born in Quitman and attended the University of Alabama; as a prep, McDyess was one of the top 30 players nationally, made the Magic Johnson Roundball Classic. McDyess played college basketball at the University of Alabama; as a sophomore, he led the Crimson Tide in scoring and rebounding, was considered the SEC's best big man. He decided to forgo his final two years of college to enter the 1995 NBA draft. McDyess was selected with the second overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers, was traded to the Denver Nuggets before the season began, along with Randy Woods, for fellow power forward Rodney Rogers and a mid-first-round pick that turned out to be Brent Barry. McDyess's explosive leaping and power dunking ability allowed him to average 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game over his first six seasons. In 1997, before his third year, McDyess was traded to the Phoenix Suns.
He helped the Suns to a 56–26 record during his lone season in Phoenix. He became a free agent prior to the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season, returned to the Nuggets; the move was controversial however, because after he had verbally agreed to return to Denver, he reconsidered an offer to return to Phoenix. According to Sports Illustrated, Jason Kidd, Rex Chapman, George McCloud flew through a blizzard to Denver in hopes of convincing him to re-sign with the Suns. McDyess was attending a Colorado Avalanche game with Nuggets President and General Manager Dan Issel, Issel told security to not let the three Suns players into the building. Without any further consultation, he re-signed with the Nuggets. Considered an up and comer, he was selected to be a part of the gold medal-winning U. S. Olympic men's basketball team at the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2000–01, McDyess was named an All–Star and became just the third Nugget to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds for a season, after Dan Issel in 1977–78 and George McGinnis in 1978–79.
Early in the 2001–02 season McDyess suffered a serious knee injury, a Patellar tendon rupture, that required season-ending surgery. McDyess struggled to play through the injury, re-aggravating it several times and going through additional surgeries over the next few seasons, he was sidelined due to injury for the remainder of the 2001–02 season as well as the entire 2002–03 NBA season. McDyess was traded to the Knicks on June 26, 2002 in exchange for Marcus Camby, Mark Jackson and the draft rights to Nenê, the seventh overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft. McDyess began the 2002–03 season as a anticipated addition to the New York Knicks, but on October 8, 2002, with 1 minute 55 seconds left in an exhibition game against Phoenix, McDyess reinjured the knee while dunking a rebound. He would undergo another surgery four days later. In the 2003–04 season, McDyess was traded to the Phoenix Suns after just 18 games with the Knicks in an eight–player deal that brought Stephon Marbury to New York, he remained healthy while in Phoenix for the remainder of the 2003–04 season.
That off-season, his knee was declared healthy and the Detroit Pistons signed him for the full mid-level exception. As a member of the Pistons, McDyess was successful in reinventing his game. In his first season with the Pistons, averaged 9.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per 23.3 minutes. He relied on mid–range and turn–around jumpers, but remained an efficient scorer, with a 51.3% FG%, helping the Pistons to an Eastern Conference Championship, though they lost to the Spurs in the NBA Finals. He was a dependable sixth man for Detroit, playing in all 82 games in each of the next two seasons. In 2007–08, following the departure of Chris Webber, McDyess became the Pistons' starting power forward. On November 3, 2008, McDyess was traded to the Denver Nuggets, along with Chauncey Billups and Cheikh Samb, for Allen Iverson, his inclusion in the trade was for salary cap purposes only, the Nuggets bought out his contract. He waited the league-mandated 30-day period before he could rejoin Detroit re-signed with the Pistons on December 9.
The San Antonio Spurs reached an agreement with McDyess on July 8, 2009 to a three-year deal worth the mid-level exception. He spent the next two seasons with San Antonio as their starting Center, next to Tim Duncan. On December 19, 2011, McDyess announced his retirement from the NBA. List of National Basketball Association career games played leaders Career statistics and player information from NBA.com Antonio McDyess at Basketball-Reference.com
Auburn Hills, Michigan
Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County, in the U. S. state of Michigan. The population was 21,412 at the 2010 census, it is home to the U. S. headquarters of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Oakland University. In 1908, automobile pioneer John Dodge bought a farmhouse 3 miles northeast of Auburn Heights to use as his country retreat, his oldest child, Winifred Dodge, married real estate baron Wesson Seyburn, who built his own country retreat 2.5 miles north of Auburn Heights. The estate included hunting land, dog kennels, a swimming pool, horse stables, a 5,000-square-foot Colonial Revival house. Pontiac Township purchased the estate in 1976, adapted the buildings for government use. Today, it is known as the Auburn Hills Civic Center; the first use of the name "Auburn Hills," in 1964, was by Oakland Community College. They named their campus at Featherstone and Squirrel roads for the town and the hilly terrain in the area. Besides Oakland Community College, three other colleges, Oakland University, Baker College, Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School have campuses within the city limits.
Auburn Hills began as Pontiac Township, including the village of Auburn, in 1821, at what is today the corner of Auburn and Squirrel roads. Situated on the Clinton River, it was named by Aaron Webster, the first settler, for Auburn, New York, his sawmill and grist mill attracted settlers to Auburn. After the streets were laid out in 1826, Auburn rivaled nearby Pontiac until the 1860s, when it lost its prosperity; the town was renamed Amy in 1880, it became Auburn Heights in 1919. Pontiac Township bordered the city of Pontiac on two sides; the township was denied by state officials. Pontiac Township became a charter township in 1978. In 1983, Pontiac Township merged with the village of Auburn Heights to become the City of Auburn Hills, it is not to be confused with the named city of Auburn, that exists in Bay County, near Saginaw Bay. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.64 square miles, of which 16.60 square miles is land and 0.04 square miles is water. As of the census of 2010, there were 21,412 people, 8,844 households, 4,923 families residing in the city.
The population density was 1,289.9 inhabitants per square mile. There were 9,965 housing units at an average density of 600.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 66.3% White, 18.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 8.9% Asian, 2.7% from other races, 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.8% of the population. There were 8,844 households, of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.8% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, 44.3% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals, 7.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.90. The median age in the city was 31.4 years. 19.4% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 51.6 % male. As of the census of 2000, there were 19,837 people, 8,064 households, 4,604 families residing in the city.
The population density was 1,194.5 per square mile. There were 8,822 housing units at an average density of 531.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 75.92% White, 13.22% African American, 0.32% Native American, 6.33% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.56% from other races, 2.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.50% of the population. There were 8,064 households, out of. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals, 6.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.92. The age distribution is 20.4% under the age of 18, 15.9% from 18 to 24, 38.1% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, 7.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males. The median income for a household in the city was $51,376, the median income for a family was $60,849. Males had a median income of $45,686 versus $34,015 for females.
The per capita income for the city was $25,529. About 3.9% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.4% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 66 or over. Auburn Hills follows the course of Interstate 75 and is home to a prosperous business community. In the early 1980s, Oakland University partnered with developers to create a technology and research park; the Oakland Technology Park was approved by the city in 1985, with Comerica, EDS, Chrysler to build campuses there. The city's many tech and office buildings host 80,000 people during the workday. Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, an enclosed super-regional outlet shopping mall, opened November 12, 1998. In 2002, the area at Auburn and Squirrel was revitalized as the "Village Center" with streetscape improvements. Pedestrian-frien
Philip Daniel "Flip" Saunders was an American basketball player and coach. During his career, he coached the Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards. Saunders was born in Ohio, he was an All-state basketball player at Cuyahoga Heights High School in suburban Cleveland. In his senior season, 1973, he was named Ohio's Class A High School Basketball Player of the Year, leading the state in scoring average with 32.0 points per game. At the University of Minnesota, he started 101 of his 103 career contests and as a senior, teamed with Ray Williams, Mychal Thompson, Kevin McHale, Osborne Lockhart. Saunders began his coaching career at Golden Valley Lutheran College where he compiled a 92–13 record, including a perfect 56–0 mark at home, in four seasons. In 1981, he became an assistant coach at his alma mater and helped guide the Golden Gophers to the Big Ten championship that season. After five seasons at Minnesota, he became an assistant coach at the University of Tulsa where he worked for two seasons before heading to the pro ranks.
Saunders became the coach of the Rapid City Thrillers of the Continental Basketball Association in the 1988–89 season, where future Kings and Warriors head coach Eric Musselman served as the team's general manager. Musselman's father, Bill Musselman, had recruited Flip when Bill was head coach at the University of Minnesota. Saunders later moved to the La Crosse Catbirds for five seasons, where he won two CBA Championships, before coaching in 1994–95 with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, he served as general manager and team president of the Catbirds. Saunders' impressive CBA tenure included seven consecutive seasons of 30 or more victories, two CBA championships, two CBA Coach of the Year honors and 23 CBA-to-NBA player promotions. Saunders would leave after seven productive seasons as a head coach in the CBA, where he ranks second with 253 career victories. Saunders joined the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association on May 11, 1995 as general manager, working under his former Minnesota teammate, Kevin McHale.
On December 18, 1995, Saunders was named head coach of the Timberwolves. This happened shortly, he added the coaching duties to his GM responsibilities after the team had gotten off to a 6–14 start. The Timberwolves went 20–42 the rest of the year, but the emergence of young Kevin Garnett as a front-line NBA player was a huge plus over the second half of the season, he guided with difficulty the Timberwolves to their first-ever playoff berth in the 1996–97 season, his first full season as an NBA head coach. A year he led the Timberwolves to their first-ever winning season, they went on to a franchise-record 50 victories in 1999–2000, duplicated in 2001–2002. After the Timberwolves' success in the 2003–04 NBA season, in which they won their first division title and advanced to the Western Conference Finals, they struggled in the 2004–05 season. On February 12, 2005, McHale named himself head coach for the rest of the season. McHale was unable to right the ship, the Wolves missed the playoffs for the first time in nine years.
Many fans believed that Saunders' firing was unwarranted, citing instead the contract troubles of Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell as the reasons for the team's failure. However, many acknowledged that Saunders had coached ten years in Minnesota, a new voice was needed. Saunders replaced Larry Brown as coach of the Detroit Pistons on July 21, 2005. Under Saunders, the team set a new franchise record for wins during the regular season, finishing with a 64–18 record. Saunders coached the Eastern Conference All-Stars in the 2006 NBA All-Star Game in Texas. Saunders led the Pistons to three consecutive Central Division titles and three consecutive appearances in the Eastern Conference Finals. Upon entering his third season as Pistons coach, Saunders became the longest-tenured Pistons coach since Chuck Daly's nine-year tenure. Saunders was fired June 3, 2008 after the Pistons lost to the Boston Celtics in the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals. On April 14, 2009, Saunders reached an agreement to become the new coach of the Washington Wizards.
The deal was worth $18 million over 4 years. On January 24, 2012, Saunders was fired as the coach of the Wizards. Replaced by former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Randy Wittman, Saunders departed the Wizards with a record of 51–130. On June 6, 2014, Saunders was named the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, returning to the franchise for a second stint. During his second stint with the Timberwolves, Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma; as a result, during his recovery, he would delegate his coaching position over to assistant coach and former NBA Coach of the Year winner Sam Mitchell. His 427 wins during parts of ten seasons in two stints are far and away the most in franchise history, until the 2017-18 season he was the only coach to lead the Timberwolves to a winning season or coach a playoff game. On April 29, 2012, Saunders joined the Boston Celtics as an advisor. On May 3, 2013, Saunders was named the Timberwolves' President of Basketball Operations. On June 5, 2014, Saunders was named head coach as well.
During his recovery from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, he would delegate his duties within the front office to the team's general manager Milt Newton. Saunders and his wife Debbie had four children, their son, was a 6-foot-1 guard for the University of Minnesota, Flip’s alma mater, became an N
Argentina the Argentine Republic, is a country located in the southern half of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, the country is bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Drake Passage to the south. With a mainland area of 2,780,400 km2, Argentina is the eighth-largest country in the world, the fourth largest in the Americas, the largest Spanish-speaking nation; the sovereign state is subdivided into twenty-three provinces and one autonomous city, Buenos Aires, the federal capital of the nation as decided by Congress. The provinces and the capital exist under a federal system. Argentina claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; the earliest recorded human presence in modern-day Argentina dates back to the Paleolithic period. The Inca Empire expanded to the northwest of the country in Pre-Columbian times; the country has its roots in Spanish colonization of the region during the 16th century.
Argentina rose as the successor state of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata, a Spanish overseas viceroyalty founded in 1776. The declaration and fight for independence was followed by an extended civil war that lasted until 1861, culminating in the country's reorganization as a federation of provinces with Buenos Aires as its capital city; the country thereafter enjoyed relative peace and stability, with several waves of European immigration radically reshaping its cultural and demographic outlook. The almost-unparalleled increase in prosperity led to Argentina becoming the seventh wealthiest nation in the world by the early 20th century. Following the Great Depression in the 1930s, Argentina descended into political instability and economic decline that pushed it back into underdevelopment, though it remained among the fifteen richest countries for several decades. Following the death of President Juan Perón in 1974, his widow, Isabel Martínez de Perón, ascended to the presidency, she was overthrown in 1976 by a U.
S.-backed coup which installed a right-wing military dictatorship. The military government persecuted and murdered numerous political critics and leftists in the Dirty War, a period of state terrorism that lasted until the election of Raúl Alfonsín as President in 1983. Several of the junta's leaders were convicted of their crimes and sentenced to imprisonment. Argentina is a prominent regional power in the Southern Cone and Latin America, retains its historic status as a middle power in international affairs. Argentina has the second largest economy in South America, the third-largest in Latin America, membership in the G-15 and G-20 major economies, it is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, World Trade Organization, Union of South American Nations, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the Organization of Ibero-American States. Despite its history of economic instability, it ranks second highest in the Human Development Index in Latin America; the description of the country by the word Argentina has been found on a Venetian map in 1536.
In English the name "Argentina" comes from the Spanish language, however the naming itself is not Spanish, but Italian. Argentina means in Italian " of silver, silver coloured" borrowed from the Old French adjective argentine " of silver" > "silver coloured" mentioned in the 12th century. The French word argentine is the feminine form of argentin and derives from argent "silver" with the suffix -in; the Italian naming "Argentina" for the country implies Terra Argentina "land of silver" or Costa Argentina "coast of silver". In Italian, the adjective or the proper noun is used in an autonomous way as a substantive and replaces it and it is said l'Argentina; the name Argentina was first given by the Venetian and Genoese navigators, such as Giovanni Caboto. In Spanish and Portuguese, the words for "silver" are plata and prata and " of silver" is said plateado and prateado. Argentina was first associated with the silver mountains legend, widespread among the first European explorers of the La Plata Basin.
The first written use of the name in Spanish can be traced to La Argentina, a 1602 poem by Martín del Barco Centenera describing the region. Although "Argentina" was in common usage by the 18th century, the country was formally named "Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata" by the Spanish Empire, "United Provinces of the Río de la Plata" after independence; the 1826 constitution included the first use of the name "Argentine Republic" in legal documents. The name "Argentine Confederation" was commonly used and was formalized in the Argentine Constitution of 1853. In 1860 a presidential decree settled the country's name as "Argentine Republic", that year's constitutional amendment ruled all the names since 1810 as valid. In the English language the country was traditionally called "the Argentine", mimicking the typical Spanish usage la Argentina and resulting from a mistaken shortening of the fuller name'Argentine Republic'.'The Argentine' fell out of fashion during the mid-to-late 20th century, now the country is referred to as "Argentina".
In the Spanish language "Argentina" is feminine, taking the feminine article "La" as the i