Tapscott trying to close season strong

WASHINGTON -- Ed Tapscott became Washington Wizards interim coach on Nov. 24, and with the season nearing its end, he says he's trying to ignore talk that he won't be back.

Tapscott replaced Eddie Jordan, who was fired with a 1-10 record. Entering Monday's game with Toronto, Tapscott was 18-51 with the Wizards, and he awoke to read published reports that team President Ernie Grunfeld was in serious discussions with Flip Saunders to replace him next season.

Saunders, who's coached Minnesota and Detroit, was let go by the Pistons after the 2007-08 season.

Tapscott had never been an NBA head coach before this season.

"It's just best that I not comment on that," Tapscott said before the game. "For me, it's just a matter of focusing on finishing the season as strongly as possible."

Washington finishes its season on Wednesday in Boston.

Tapscott, who last was a head coach at American University in 1990, said he's undecided whether he'd like to coach again. He'd like to wait a few weeks before deciding his next move.

"Knee-jerk responses generally get you in trouble," Tapscott said.