WASHINGTON — The Wizards have had a humbling summer after losing out on both Kevin Durant and Al Horford in free agency.
That, to go along with missing the playoffs after a disappointing 41-win season, and Washington is an easy target for jokes around the league.
Celtics forward Jae Crowder offered this little insight, in an interview this week with Tom Westerholm for MassLive.com, into wooing Al Horford to choose the Celtics over the Wizards, the other team he was strongly considering joining:
“He’s a perfect fit,” Crowder said. “That’s what we were telling him. He had Washington and some other teams looking at him, but we beat them four times this year. You don’t want to go there.
“We play through our bigs, and a lot of teams don’t play through their bigs — they post them up and give them the ball. Our bigs, like he did in Atlanta, he makes the play. We were explaining our basketball terminology to him, and how ours will fit right in with (his) game. It’s going to mesh. Most guys have to blend in and fit in, but it’s going to be automatically just there. The style he plays, that’s what we reiterated to him: The way we play fits you so well. We need you. You need us. Let’s make it happen.”
Indeed, Boston swept Washington in four games this past season, and Boston — a team on the rise in the east — made the playoffs for the second straight year, just as Washington had in the two seasons prior, with 48 wins. They, too, lost out on Durant, but now have Horford. Their future looks bright, while Washington’s is up in the air.
But a little bulletin board material never hurt anybody’s motivation. Wizards big man Marcin Gortat did the screen shot.
So, see you next fall.
(via Kyle Weidie)