Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.
Is there any way that the Wizards can turn this thing around any time soon?
Steve Aschburner: Hahahahahaha! Not to be, er, flippant, but the question presumes that Washington wants to turn around its dreary season soon. It’s much more accurate to say that owner Ted Leonsis has given GM Ernie Grunfeld marching orders to get bad first, on the way at some point to good. The only reason this was getting more attention than, say, Minnesota the past two seasons was the big zero in Washington’s victory column. In beating Toronto on Tuesday and picking up other occasional W’s in coming weeks, the spotlight is off and the losing can continue. Not that there won’t be predictable firings and trades – but this ugly duckling was hatched from a (misguided) plan.
Fran Blinebury: In a word: No. The only thing in D.C more dysfunctional than the Wizards is Congress. But it’s close.
Scott Howard-Cooper: Are they making a big trade with a clear victory anytime soon? Is the best Draft in years anytime soon? Yes, they can turn this around, but relatively speaking — if turning this around means becoming respectable. That is possible. But this is not a playoff team.
Shaun Powell: The season is virtually a lost cause, if only because it’s a short season with few days to hold practice, which is crucial for a struggling young team. There’s simply too much immaturity and too many agendas, and even a coaching change likely won’t trigger a quick reversal of fortune. Ultimately the Wiz will need to make a few alterations in the rotation this summer and surround John Wall with a new cast next season.
John Schuhmann: They’re not as bad as they looked in the first eight games, but I don’t see them improving dramatically until the level of professionalism in the locker room increases. John Wall is the type of player who can lead a team out of the abyss, but that locker room environment may trump Wall’s talent.
Sekou Smith: No!