Wednesday Wizards Report
Photo Courtesy of Joe Glorioso
Hope is “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best” according to Wikipedia.
What we hope for as Wizards fans is to become relevant again and start winning on a consistent basis. We want our management to make sound decisions that help build the foundation of a winning franchise, not clog our roster with over-paid veterans and terrible draft picks. Even through our worst start in franchise history and a roster that, to put it nicely, isn’t what we were hoping for; there are signs of hope that are peaking over the horizon.
As much as we pray for the departure of Grunfeld, some of our hope can be fulfilled this season with this current roster. This first decision that needs to be made is the firing of Randy Wittman. This man has never won on a consistent basis, never won an NBA title as a player or coach, and just recently made himself sound like the world’s most idiotic coach.
We probably won’t be able to hire a free-agent coach with credentials at this point in the season, but we have an assistant coach who might just fit the bill in Sam Cassell. Even if he isn’t the long term solution at head coach, we can at least see if he needs to part of this franchise moving forward. I personally would really love to see what Cassell can bring to the table as head coach. He is a three time NBA champion as a player and knows what it takes to make it the top of the pecking order in the NBA. Also, Cassell is young enough to be able to really relate to these players and hopefully be able to motivate them in ways Flip Saunders and Randy Wittman could not. We’re 0-9 and Wittman has proclaimed that he doesn’t even know what to do with his rotations. Why keep this guy around when we have an NBA Champion sitting beside him on the bench. Players tend to listen a little more when orders are being barked from a man with rings on his finger. And hey, it can’t get any worse so why not give Cassell a chance.
After the coaching change takes place, the next piece of the pie to fall in line would be for us to exterminate the injury bug. If we can get a full healthy roster, this team can be something worth cheering for as we all had hoped for at the beginning of the season.
The Wiz rattled off 6 wins in a row to end last season, and the last 5 were with John Wall and Nene in the line-up. With Nene on the court, Wall played his best basketball. In those 5 games, John averaged 14 points and 12.4 assists per game. Those numbers are the numbers we are desperately missing at the point guard position. Also, Nene provides a scoring punch in the post that Okafor just does not offer. With Wall and Nene’s returns now in sight, a better brand of basketball is just over the Wizard’s horizon.
John Wall’s return will also provide much more than just a statistical boost to our point guard numbers. His dashing and slashing will open up looks for teammates that AJ Price just cannot generate. Bradley Beal, Cartier Martin, and Jordan Crawford will be seeing wide open looks that will make them think they are in a 3-point contest. Seraphin, Okafor, Booker, and the rest of our post gang with be salivating at the wide open dunk opportunities that Wall creates. To sum it all up, the Wiz will look much more like a successful basketball team when our star floor leader makes his return, and hopefully that will be sooner rather than later.
There have been reports that Nene could be making his season debut tonight in Atlanta. Nene will not only provide another physical presence in the post, but should provide a leadership boost on the court that the Wiz have been lacking. Nene will also give the Wiz a 4th quarter scorer that we have been deeply missing to close out all these close contests.
With a healthy line-up and a much needed coaching change, things could turn around quickly for this Wiz squad and our hope that we had at the beginning of the season can be somewhat restored.