Being gloom-and-doom about the Washington Wizards is a thankless job. It also doesn’t accomplish much, which is likely why no one is thanking you, with the exception of gloom-and-doom Wizards fans for which that has become the standard. They feed off it. They know no other way. And when you waste seasons on terrible basketball and unintelligible basketball players (“bad by design,” supposedly, via Ted Leonsis), it’s to be expected.
But PLAYOFFS? Good luck. You might as well be Andray Blatche claiming that you’re working hard in the offseason while making your own T-shirt that says, “Play Off Starts Here.”
ESPN’s John Hollinger, notorious and perpetual Wizards skeptic, pegs this year’s team to finish 38-44 and tied for ninth in the East. Writes Hollinger in his season preview (Insider): “So enjoy the sugar high of playoff contention this year, Washington. Chances are it will wear off quickly.”
Leonsis recently wrote on his blog (in sharing a link to a Washington Post article about Randy Wittman): “I have been appreciative of [Wittman's] enthusiasm and his NOT allowing our early season injuries to put a damper at all on his demands and expectations.”
Those on the outside tend to overly prognosticate in reality, and those on the inside hold the thankless job of being ever-optimistic in their own version of reality. But what about the players? You know, the guys who will be playing in the games? Is their hope the most entrenched in reality? Or is it all about conveying enough guile to make others believe, only at which point can they truly believe?
“We going to let it play out, but of course we trying to make the playoffs,” said Jordan Crawford on Media Day 2012. Exactly. Let’s just play some basketball already and take them as they come.
Otherwise, the below video by TAI’s Adam McGinnis takes you through a quick tour of media day at the beginning of October featuring various Washington Wizards talking—yeah, you guessed it—playoffs.