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Saunders never earned Pistons' respect

Originally Published: June 3, 2008
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

Aretha Franklin sang about it, Rodney Dangerfield joked about it, Bill Russell still commands and embodies it.

Respect.

And when it came down to a question of whether Flip Saunders should be retained or fired as head coach of the Detroit Pistons, respect -- or lack thereof -- was one of the determining factors. As Chris Webber revealed earlier this postseason when he said Detroit's players simply don't listen to Saunders, the absence of respect for his authority was an ...

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