To Whom It May ALL (Wizards’ Organization) Concern,
It would be easy to give thanks and sincere gratitude for the Washington Wizards getting fans’ hopes up. It would also be easy to dream of their “could’ve been a winning” season, but instead a slight breakdown is better.
As the 2016-17 season ended and the Game 7 loss versus the Boston Celtics loomed its gray cloud over us, I was never more ready for the next following season. Making the conference semifinals gave hope to possibly exceeding that in the next following season. Well things didn’t go as planned since the Wizards lost in the first round to the Toronto Raptors in six games.
It was supposed to be different
Washington had this mindset that they were better than everyone else. Go figure because most of the season didn’t show it. The Wizards started off the season decent staying leveled at the third and fourth seed alternating between the two. Things took a turn for the worse as point guard John Wall was sidelined on Jan. 30 for two months with a knee injury. Many speculations believed that would’ve destroyed the Wizards’ season, but Washington managed to go 14-12 in his absence.
Looking at it from a different angle, the Wizards struggled in March and April going 7-13. During Wall’s injury, Washington managed to drop from the fourth seed to seventh for a while, finishing the season at eighth.
At what point were the Wizards better than anyone? They were the only team to have a winning record against teams above .500 and a losing record against teams below .500.
Although our starters averaged in double figures this season, there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. Watching this team for years and allowing emotions to take over have now taken its toll. It’s tough seeing potential players turn into busts and watching those who are mediocre have the skill, but receive little playing time.
Wizards’ Front Office
Anytime a team meeting with just players turns into a huge argument is definitely a red flag that should’ve been noticed. Anytime a general manager has been with the team for 15 years and all that has come from it was one division championship speaks for itself. The Wizards haven’t had a 50-win season since the 1978-79 season when they were the Bullets. Washington hasn’t won a championship since the 1977-78 season.
And by the way the Wizards owner, Ted Leonsis, gave Ernie Grunfeld an extension long before it was announced to the public. What does that tell you?
When many teams announce the firing or re-signing of managers and coaches, Washington did not. They knew the extension was the total opposite of what the team, fans, and players wanted.
Wall said it best in a post-game press conference. He mentioned his back court is doing their job and it’s up to the front office to do theirs.
“For me and Brad [Beal], we can keep getting better, improving our game and our conditioning. … It’s up to our front office to add the pieces they think we need to make our team better and more complete,” Wall said.
Changes are in dire need if Washington plans to excel in the Eastern Conference. Picking a solid wing player or rim protector in the NBA Draft is a start, since they have the 15th overall pick. Trading the biggest assets like Wall and Bradley Beal is just out of the question. The production of Marcin Gortat has been awful for a center of his size and caliber.
A chance at rebuilding should be in talks as that would be more accepting than taking it one season at a time. All one can do is just wait.
Please do something
Sooner or later it’ll be 50-plus years later and we’ll go back looking at this and smile because the Washington Wizards will have still not made any changes and will feel they’re the best team in the league.
A young writer who doesn’t want to be 80 when the Wizards finally win a ring.