“Men Lie, Women Lie, Numbers Don’t” – Jay Z
Jay was not lying (pun intended).
0-6. Ladies and gentlemen, that right there is the record for your Washington Wizards.
You can’t make this up.
Time and time again, I come up with excuses on why Wizards fans need more patience. But it’s very hard when I’m trying to explain it year in and year out. Excuses have ranged from: “John Wall isn’t ready yet; John Wall needs a shot; once Nene is healthy, he will be a beast.” Or even the infamous “give them time, they are young.”
Well I’m sick and tired of the fact that it comes down to this. The Wizards are off to another one of the worst starts in franchise history after last night’s loss to the Bobcats, who are probably laughing at us right now. Mind you, they are owned by one of the worst GM’s, Michael Jordan. Yeah, the same Jordan who brought in Courtney Alexander, traded away Rip Hamilton, and drafted Kwame Brown.
Ok fine, I won’t bring up all this past negativity. But can you blame me? Before this season, there was a buzz of optimism (as usual) but nobody in their right minds thought this team was a playoff team. If anything, the words “8th spot” were thrown out there a couple of times by Wizards fans. That’s only a farfetched dream as of right now.
Who are we to blame for this debacle so far? There is plenty of blame to go around. Check out this quote from the Washington Post’s Michael Lee after the embarrassing loss against the Charlotte Bobcats:
“Feet buried in a bucket of ice, face buried in his hands, reserve forward Martell Webster was stewing as he contemplated how the Washington Wizards could have had such a miserable performance against the Charlotte Bobcats. Laughter emanated from the shower, but Webster made sure it quickly ceased.
“We just lost!” Webster shouted. Silence fell back over the visitor’s locker room at Time Warner Cable Arena.”
Heart is needed. If you laugh after a loss, then you have no heart.
This is not the first time either. I’ve been witness to players laughing but this was when the locker room consisted of knuckleheads like Pierre, 0-Day BALTCHE and Swaggy P. Where is the Kevin Garnett passion in these players? You get to live the outstanding life that no one dreams of. People are dying of hunger and have problem paying bills, so what? You can’t give me some kind of anger for losing?
Question is, why am I already looking for lottery draft picks for next year? What in the living hell is going on?
You want us to pay for season tickets after the product that has been presented to us the last couple of years? Sure, John Wall and Nene are out because of unfortunate injuries but I’ve seen numerous other teams make the most of whatever talent they had to make up for those kind of setbacks. This is an outrage.
There has to be some sort of change. Two straight years the Wizards have ended the season on a positive note by winning games and showing tremendous effort. The following season, we start off slow and just look like crap. Something has to change.
- Trade Trevor Ariza and Jordan Crawford. Ariza hinders the growth of Vesely and Chris Singleton and Crawford just hinders the whole team. The man just shoots for the sake of it. He’s a poor man’s Jamal Crawford (no relation).
- Just in general, get rid of anybody not named Booker, Nene, Wall, Seraphin, Vesely, Singelton, and Martell Webster.
- Start drafting better and take chances on more experienced players instead of one year college players or international players who average 2 points per game for their previous teams and expect them to ball in the biggest stage for basketball. Right.
- Stop selling tickets on Groupon/Livingsocial. I don’t know how many times I curse in my head when I see those emails. Must you stoop so low? To me, it gives out the wrong signal when you give away t-shirts along with tickets. The t-shirts are worth more than the tickets at this point.
I am not here to trash the team; I’m here to voice the frustrations as a fan and blogger for the Washington Wizards. I could be positive and show optimism as I always do but this has gone too far. This has hit an all-time low. The DC United soccer team is getting more attention than the lonely Wizards, which is truly sad. I know we must go through our lows but right now the future doesn’t look bright. Compare other teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers. They went from having arguably the best NBA player in LeBron James to losing him, but then retaining a really good core in Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Dion Waiters, making for a much brighter future than the Wizards. If I was an NBA free agent and had to pick between the Wizards or Cavs, I would easily pick the Cavs. There is no doubt about it.
After this season is over, the Wizards could be big player in free agency.
Here is the list of NBA Free Agents after this season is over:
Add in Ariza/Okafor to this list as well.
I’m optimistic when it seems right. Right now, it just does not seem right. My mere hope at this point is that Wall can return and bring this city up from the drowning sorrows.