Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld seems to be tempering expectations, one day after his team clinched their first playoff berth since the 2007-2008 season, saying you can’t go from “not being in the playoffs for a few years” to “championship contender” right away.
How do you judge a Wizards season that at times, was filled with so much inspiration for the future, before hopes were dashed by critical injuries and long losing spells, to ultimately land the team under the 30-win mark? Focus on the future.
After trading away Nick Young and JaVale McGee, and with a newly re-signed Head Coach and General Manager, the Wizards signaled they are ready for change, but with a measured amount of consistency and structure. But as Free Agency begins, many of the top offerings are already off the market, and Washington still has holes to fill.
The Washington Wizards announced Monday that Randy Wittman will return as their coach next season, retaining the position he accepted after Flip Saunders was fired in January.
The not-quite-as-woeful Wizards, winners of four straight and six of their last eight, conclude a fourth straight dreadful season with their road finale tonight at Cleveland before a home game with Miami tomorrow; all this after re-signing the General Manager that put this team together, in Ernie Grunfeld.
Newly re-signed Washington Wizards’ President, Ernie Grunfeld joined the Mike Wise Show Tuesday afternoon. Wise addressed the terms of Ernie’s new contract with him, as well as regrets of the past and plans for the future of this young, struggling franchise.
The season will come to an end in one month and then Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis must decide what to do with this bumbling team. Here are five suggestions:
Highlights of the 2011-12 home schedule include a five-game homestand from Jan. 14-22 that brings Philadelphia, Houston, Oklahoma City, Denver and Boston back to town.
The Jan Vesely era begins in Washington as the Wizards take the international with their first pick in the NBA Draft.
What we all hope is that the Wizards get one of the top two big men in the draft…