The last game of the Wizards season is here and I don’t know how I feel. I’m glad it’s almost over, but not glad that they are missing the playoffs, obviously. In terms of reflecting upon the season, that’s much too hard to do right now. So much to consider. But all of the players and coach Flip Saunders will be asked to do so after the game against the Pacers tonight. In lieu of what was rumored to be an exit-interview-esque, end-of-the-season media day on Thursday, the Wizards are cramming everything into the post-game media festivities. So, as you can imagine, even with bad team, albeit under abnormal circumstances, there are hoards of media at the Verizon Center this evening who haven’t sniffed the arena’s hardwood since the trade deadline. And prior to that, the Gilbert Arenas fiasco.
There will be plenty of questions about summertime plans, free-agent wishes for some, hopes for next year for others, and thoughts on what it was like to be a Washington Wizards in 2009-10 for all. To think about all that’s gone down this season is mind-boggling. Forty-one home games up, 41 down, and I’ve attended them all. Even though this has been epically horrible as a Wizards fan, I wouldn’t trade the privilege I’ve been afforded to cover the team and it’s personalities from up close for much. I can guarantee there will be plenty of looking-back on the past, in the future. But until then, I’m going to sit back and try to enjoy the last NBA basketball game I will attend until next October.
Some pregame pictures from Adam Douglas: