A couple of years ago me and my good friend Lee would get into many a argument regarding the future of Andray Blatche. I would argue that Blatche was a stat sheet filler, who just produced empty stats, was a selfish player who cared much more about how he individually performed, didn’t understand what it took to win in the NBA, played lack luster defense, and really just how much I didn’t like him being a part of the Wizards organization. Lee on the other hand argued how Andray really showed potential and had the talent to one day be a good player for a good team. While I did believe he had the talent to be a good player on a good team, it was clear to me that he had nowhere near the wherewithal to become the player that he was capable of being. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but at least for his tenure as a Wizard, he certainly didn’t play up to his abilities. 2 years later we all find out the real truth about Andray Blatche and now the Wizards have amnestied him meaning that he is pretty much cut from the team but will still be paid in full.
Yesterday’s trade of Rashard Lewis for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor brought a lot of criticsm to the Wizards and in particular their general manager Ernie Grunfeld. John Hollinger absolutely ripped into the Wizards (for some reason the ESPN link wasn’t working) in an article analyzing the trade which was highlighted by his quote “Seriously, can anyone explain why this guy is still running a basketball team?” However, unlike Hollinger I don’t mind this trade because like I said while we are guaranteeing ourselves 2 years of medicority, we are also setting ourselves up for success in 2012 if the dominoes fall our way (which we would need them to anyways to be successful). This title sounds very condescending but really this post is not meant to rip Grunfeld because of this most recent trade but the question I am asking myself is if EG (Ernie Grunfeld) really meant to set this team up for success in 2012 or was his plan for the team that he will be fielding in the next 2 years to be title contenders?
The most anxiety inducing ten minutes of the NBA season is now over, the NBA-owned New Orleans Hornets have won the top choice in the draft and will be selecting Kentucky’s Anthony Davis in June. Color me shocked, conspiracies abound. Anyway, here is Chad Ford’s new updated Mock Draft. The Wizards had the second best odds in the draft but fell to the third spot. Honestly, this is almost insignificant and might end up being a good thing for the team. Allow me to venture through tonight’s implications:
Earlier today Eddie sent me the worst tweet I have ever received. I am absolutely devastated. It has made conjuring up willpower to write this post almost impossible. As a Wizards fan I have never felt more defeated. His tweet…
Ughhhhhhhhh. What? Seriously? I don’t know if I’m more upset by this news or the realization that I have chosen the wrong career path. There is no career you could choose that provides the number of chances Grunfeld has received despite continuous failure. At the height of his tenure as the Wizards head decision maker his performance would have best been described at mediocre. That was at his height, for the most part his results have been far below average. He is a horrendous evaluator of player talent and production, he has a history of grand delusion when assessing his decisions, and as a result his teams tend to lose many, many games.