Finally, the Washington Wizards get a break, but as a Wizard fan, I’m almost positive that this fortune or luck will only last a year (maybe two). John Wall has not even played an NBA game, yet D.C. is playing him up like he’s Lebron James or Dwyane Wade. Wall is a great pick, however, the Wiz should be surrounding their 1st pick with a solid core.
General Manager, Ernie Grunfeld, needs to look at how Sam Presti makes things happen in OKC. Ernie has never put together a championship contending team (or a team that is at least 2nd or 3rd best in the East). Even when the Wiz had Caron, Jamison, and Arenas, the Wiz had no chance of doing anything. They couldn’t even get out of the second round and kept getting stuck with mid-level first round round draft picks, year, after year, after year. They had no defense, no leadership, the least intimidating jerseys ever assembled, and an icon and general manager that acted like clowns.
What I enjoy most about the Wiz franchise is how the people that caused the most trouble for the Wiz (GM and Arenas) stayed in town, but the players with character, veteran experience, and toughness were all shipped off to new cities. Now, even with a franchise player and a new owner (who knows a thing or two about success), the Wiz still have Grunfeld and Arenas. In addition, the team does not have a leader. They’re all young, into antics, and inexperienced. Who is going to take over when a game needs to be won and get the team to play as a unit in crunch time? The answer is simple: JACK!
Year after year, Wizard fans continue to get JACKED! The team’s biggest flaws were defense, toughness, big men, and veteran experience. And when the Wiz have a chance to wheel and deal during the draft (possibly picking up someone with a number 11 pick) we pick up other teams’ trash in their attempt to land Lebron James. Just like the Wiz were responsible for the Lakers acquiring Pau Gasol (through a three-way trade with Memphis, the Wiz, and LA), I have a bad feeling that the Wiz will be responsible for the Bulls picking up Lebron James.
The whole Wiz squad is as soft as the Smurfs at a picnic and to fix that, they pick up Kirk Heinrich from the Bulls and Yi from the Nets. I don’t see the sense in these moves being that we will have no toughness inside especially with the addition of Yi and now we have six PGs. That’s right, SIX PGs (Foye, Livingston, Boykins, Heinrich, Arenas, Wall)! What ever happened to adding depth to your team?
So far, it’s the same antics from the Wiz. I’m excited for the pick of John Wall, no doubt, but one man will not lead the Wiz to the promise land. I’m not an insane person, so I’m not going to keep hoping that things will get better fo
r the Wiz when the management keeps doing the same thing every year.
I’m happy for now, but once the season starts I have a feeling I’m going to be shaking my head in anguish for the next ten years. In the meantime, I will be cheering for a team that knows how to manage and scout, the Thunder, while the LA Lakers continue to dominate every aspect of the game.