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UPDATED: 08:32, July 22, 2005
Pistons introduce Flip Saunders as coach
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Flip Saunders was introduced as the new coach of the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, replacing Hall of Famer Larry Brown and taking over the team.

Saunders, who was fired in February as the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, said he knows there is an expectation to win in Detroit.

"I've been in situations where I've taken bad teams and moved them in the right direction. In those situations, there is no pressure," Saunders told a news conference at The Palace.

"Would it have been easy for me to take another job and not have as much (pressure)? Pressure is what you put on yourself. I don't really feel any pressure walking into a situation."

Saunders and the Pistons agreed to a four-year, 20 million US dollars contract on Wednesday, roughly 24 hours after finalizing the terms of Brown's seven million US dollars severance package, according to the Association Press.

Saunders led the Timberwolves to eight straight postseason appearances - and seven first-round exits before a breakthrough to the Western Conference finals two years ago.

Last season, the Timberwolves struggled over the first three months of the season under Saunders and ended up missing the playoffs under interim coach Kevin McHale.

Saunders will be asked to maintain the production of the starting five while developing younger players like guards Carlos Arroyo and Carlos Delfino and post player Darko Milicic of Serbia-Montenegro, the No. 2 overall pick in 2003 who failed to make great strides under Brown.

Brown, meanwhile, has spoken with Knicks president Isiah Thomas as the first step in New York's courtship of the 64-year-old coach. Brown's agent, Joe Glass, said he expected his client to choose his next career move in a couple of weeks, the AP said.

Source: Xinhua

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