It’s Official: Rebuilding Mode for the Wizards

After 16 years, the Wizards finally fired Ernie Grunfeld. Grunfeld spent his playing career with the Bucks, Knicks and Kings. In the Wizards front office, he drafted John Wall and Bradley Beal. He also drafted Jan Vessly, overpaid Otto Porter, and incentivized a lack of creativity. The Wizards have never had an identity other than…

Why Are The Wizards Flailing? Follow the Money

Two decades ago, the architect of the Chicago Bulls famously said ‚Äúorganizations win championships‚ÄĚ. GM Jerry Krause was routinely dismissed and mocked and his famous statement was unerasable. It followed him like a punishment. Most of the criticism went something like this. No you fool, organizations don‚Äôt win championships. Michael Jordan does. But here‚Äôs the…

Wall and Beal Are Not Elite

The annual GM survey is a rite of passage of the pre-season and carries with it a lot of weight. GM‚Äôs have a thankless job of moving the chess pieces around, building teams, and when necessary (Sixers, Suns), burning the house down. They have to reorganize on the fly when a superstar wants out. Because…

The John Wall Moment: Second Best In the East

John Wall is at his best when he has a chip on his shoulder. In Wall’s case, a mad player is not a bad player. Wall’s current level of angst is being excluded from the NBA’s marketing, touting a new season There are the usual suspects. There¬† is Steph and Durant and LeBron and Kyrie.…

Otto Porter’s $24 Million Is A Pressure Cooker

Wizards New Faces: Mike Scott, Jodie Meeks, Tim Frazier, Donald Sloan, Carrick Felix Wizards 2016-17 Weaknesses: ¬†30th:¬†Center Points.¬†29th:¬†Bench Points. 25th:¬†Points in the Paint.¬†24th:¬†Defensive Rebounding, Blocks, Field Goal Percentage Defense. ¬†23rd:¬†Frontcourt Points.¬†¬†22nd: ¬†Total Rebounding, Free Throw Attempts.¬†21st: Opponent Points.¬†¬†20th:¬†3-Point Attempts, 3-Point Defense, Defensive Rating. Wizards 2016-17 Strengths: ¬†2nd:¬†Steals.¬†3rd:¬†Field Goal Percentage, Non-Paint Points, Starters Points. ¬†4th: Fast…

John Wall Chip on the Shoulder Firmly In Tact

John Wall isn’t in the running for a NBA award tonight. Not MVP. Not Most Improved. The lack of acknowledgement on a large scale makes John Wall feel unappreciated. The media did give John Wall a shout out. He was one of the top six guards in 2016-17, voted All-NBA third team. It was a…

(Haters) What Do You Think About John Wall Now

There is a scene in the movie Creed where Sylvester Stallone demands his young¬†pupil to look in the mirror. Michael B. Jordan, the student, obeys; he looks. He is solemn and a little sweaty from vigorous training, boxing all day long. Jordan has a look of wry confusion as he stares at his reflection. He…

Nothing Good Is Happening In the District

The Wizards haven’t won a game. Before you start whining about the schedule (Hawks, Grizzlies, Raptors) let me school you on this. You don’t win when you are third to last in points allowed. It doesn’t matter who you play when you give up 113 points a game and you only score 101.7, a league…