Ted Leonsis turned 55 yesterday, January 8, as he had a courtside seat to witness the current inept status of his franchise’s rebuilding process. To add to the mess of Flip Saunders is calling his team ’fragile,’ the coach also saying, ‘We can’t keep on using the excuse that we’re young,’ is the fact that Rashard Lewis, second highest paid player in the NBA, evidently quit on the Wizards. Frank Hanrahan of CSNWashington.com reports that Lewis decided he didn’t want to play after a pre-game argument with assistant coach Sam Cassell. Leonsis today blogs that he didn’t receive a very nice birthday gift from his team, and that now the best thing to do is research and to be analytical, not emotional. Whatever that means, let’s see what Flip Saunders, John Wall and Andray Blatche had to say after Sunday’s 93-72 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves (with cameo appearances from Chris Singleton and Jan Vesely)…
The Wizards said WHAT?
QUOTES & WORDS:
“They booed us tonight, we deserved it… I don’t know… I don’t know what to say…”
The word is out around the league that the Wizards don’t like to share the ball, and prefer to go one-on-one, but somehow the memo has yet to get to the players that they don’t have the talent to play like that and win.
At 0-5, Leonsis had blogged that the Wizards’ troubling start to the year was going as he expected. No one in his right mind would say anything of the kind after a 93-72 loss to Minnesota that extended the franchise’s worst start ever to 0-8.
Flip Saunders’ spot on the sideline is only a couple of seats down from Leonsis, but “when you’re playing like that, it’s hard to make eye contact with anybody,” said the Wizards coach, who was disappointed and embarrassed. The Wizards scored the fewest points of his tenure and the fewest overall since a 98-67 loss to San Antonio on Feb. 21, 2009.
The Wizards probably aren’t preparing well, and I’m sure Saunders is giving the team plenty of scouting reports. Blaming the coach isn’t not blaming the players. But there’s a certain desperation in a coach when he has to frame it in such a way where he looks like he’s working tirelessly. We send out more scouting reports than probably anybody in the league is an awfully political thing to say when you’re the coach of an 0-8 team.
To see them is to understand that the 2008-09 Nets’ NBA-record 0-18 in start just might be in jeopardy.
In a performance labeled “sickening” and “embarrassing” by Andray Blatche, whose own performance also could’ve been thusly described, the Wizards fell to 0-8 Sunday with a 93-72 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Afterward, Blatche (10 points in 31 minutes on 5-for-16 shooting) attempted to get coach Flip Saunders’ back, but ended up making his coach look bad in the process. It’s been that kind of start to the season for the Wizards, who can’t even fall on their swords properly.
“Flip is definitely doing his job,” Blatche said. “I just don’t feel like guys are listening and following behind what he says and what he wants us to do.”