When the name Denny Green is mentioned, the first image that comes to mind is the one you see above, and with good reason. He’s flustered, he’s angry, he’s mumbling, and after 40 seconds or so, he stomps away from the podium. But five years before that outburst, Green had every reason to be just as angry when he was fired by the Minnesota Vikings, despite leading them to the brink of the Super Bowl just three years earlier. However, at his I-just-got-fired press conference, Green displayed nothing but class (with a splash of third person):
“If you’re looking for Denny Green, look on the high road, because that is where I’ll be.”
The same concept applies when examining the Washington Wizards 24th straight road loss to the Dallas Mavericks last night. It is easy, and dare I say lazy, to focus on the list of errors that led to their 102-92 defeat. Everyone saw their 61.3-percent free throw percentage (Dallas shot 67.6-percent), the poor shooting nights for Andray Blatche and Nick Young (a combined 10-37), and the lack of a consistent go-to guy in the fourth quarter. Those shortcomings, and others very similar to them, have been present throughout this road losing streak.
That being said, there were plenty of positives to take away from last night’s loss, and if they are bottled up and carried into tonight’s game in New Orleans against the Hornets, perhaps the Wizards can get a win before they get loss number 25. So join me on the high road as we examine a few positives a bit closer. Read more »