Monday, January 9, 2012
Time Is Ticking For The Washington Wizards
At 0-8 and desperate for a win, there was a "players only" meeting last week to hash out some of the issues that have plagued these team so far. Certain individuals on this Wizards roster have reportedly told members of the media that a lot of selfish behavior is going on in the lockeroom, as well as certain players shunning head coach Flip Saunders game to game strategies.
Where do they go from here? John Wall clearly is your cornerstone, lottery pick from this past draft F Jan Vesely will take time to develop, and young up and coming C Javale Mcgee is improving every game. If this in fact is your nucleus going into the future, questions about the remainder of the roster must be answered very soon.
Former All-Star F Rashard Lewis is still on the hook for about $45 million over the next 2 seasons, while players like F Andray Blatche- who is signed through 2015, has exemplified maturity issues which have Wizards brass a little apprehensive about his dependability and long term role with the franchise. SG Nick Young is widely considered a "gunner" in most NBA circles, hence the reason he was only offered a 1yr $3.6 million deal this past off season after having a career year in 2010-11. The Wizards like the potential of 2nd year G Jordan Crawford, but as all young players experience-finding your niche in the NBA is easier said than done.
Winning in the NBA takes time, and the Washington Wizards are on the clock, John Wall has said all the right things publicly, but behind the scenes-We know different conversations take place. If the Wiz don't upgrade this roster quick fast and in a hurry, We may be looking at a Wizards franchise that could rival the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers and most recently the 2010-11 New Jersey Nets for worst NBA teams of all-time. The Nets still haven't recovered, Distinctions such as that are kryptonite for potential free agents.