Contextual Grunfeldisms Presented With Little Context
You never know whether Ernie Grunfeld is tactfully maneuvering a press conference or if he’s on autopilot … much like the way he captains his ship.
The Wizards team president said a lot during his season-ending media-speak session on Tuesday afternoon, and below are some various quotes, presented with little context, but in the total spirit of Grunfeldisms.
“Well, I think it always helps to have all your players, and that was what we were hoping for last summer.”
—-> Last summer’s envisioning is merely a present reflection.
“I think John had a very good year. He showed that he can make a difference on the team, there’s no question about that.
“We’ll have conversations with him and his representatives to see if we can work something out.”
—-> A max-like contract offer is en route to John Wall, but perhaps Grunfeld will not simply roll over and take the demands of Wall’s agent.
“That’s part of the game, you have to be able to deal with that, and we have to deal with it, obviously.”
—-> Injuries, man.
“I think we have a solid group. I think it’s important to have continuity and let the players play over an extended period of time.”
—-> These could also be instructions from the back of a shampoo bottle, I’m not sure. Otherwise, give the current product more time to condition.
“We can get an old player any time, but if the older player doesn’t help you on the court, that’s not the kind of situation we want to my into.”
—-> Jannero Pargo, anyone?
“I don’t know what ‘a lot’ of turnover is. We’ve had a lot of turnover here over the last few years. The roster has been completely turned over. Last summer we added six players to the roster that are in the rotation. John Wall, Booker and Seraphin are the longest tenured players we have, and they’ve been with us for three years. You can get seven to eight new players every year. Having said that, it doesn’t mean that we might not have two, three, four new players. It just depends on what opportunities are out there for us.”
—-> Continuity, man. It’s mad consistent.
“It’s realistic, they’re all under contract. So it’s realistic to see that they’ll all be back.”
—-> Is it really realistic to think that Trevor Booker, Chris Singleton and Jan Vesely will all be back on the Wizards next season? Seems like it.
“The end of the day, players tell us what to do by how they perform—how they improve and what kind of summers they have, and then when they come into training camp. And you know they’ll tell us what to do by how much improvement they’ve made and how they play.”
—-> When, exactly, does the day end?
“Well, nobody’s happy about that. I mean, We’re all competitive people, we all want to do as well as possible. If you are realistic, and you see what happened, and when we had our team, we had a team that could compete with anyone if we had all our pieces for the whole year, which we didn’t, and there’s no excuses. Injuries are part of the game, and we got off to that slow, slow start, and it was hard to recover from that. Obviously our goal for next year is to not be in that type of position and to put a team out there that can make the playoffs.”
—-> Now, whether another lottery appearance would be deemed “unacceptable” is still undetermined. You see, one can never know when the next caveat will come strolling around the corner.
“You know, every year, the draft is very young.”
—-> Um, bingo?
“Right now, we don’t know where we’re picking. We’re supposed to be eight, but you can move up to—the way the lottery works is, the ping-pong balls, you can be one, two or three, and after the one, two and three, it’s the order of finish. So if we don’t jump up to that one, two or three spot, we’ll be picking eighth. And we’ll see when the final tally comes out who is available to us, and we’ll go through the whole process. But normally, it’s very seldom that a young player comes and is a difference-maker unless he’s a top two or three pick.
—-> Finally, someone explains the lottery process, and it just so happens to be the head of the Washington Wizards.