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Leonsis reachs out to Wizard fans and alumns


(By Mark Gail - TWP)


As promised, Ted Leonsis is using his first week in charge of the Wizards to reach out to some of the team's stakeholders, specifically Bullets alumni and former season ticket holders.

He wrote on his blog that he has already been in touch with Wes Unseld, Phil Chenier, Kevin Grevey, Bobby Dandridge, and Monroe, and plans to contact Jack Marin, Elvin Hayes and Walt Bellamy.

And on Monday evening, he hosted an event for about 300 former Wizards season-ticket holders, an event that, interestingly, was staffed by guest services and ticket staffers from both the Wizards and the Caps.

The event was closed to the media, but there were at least a few mildly interesting nuggets that people who were at the event told me about.

1) A fan stood up and praised Antawn Jamison for his public apology after Gilbert Arenas's finger gunz display, but then pointed out that Gilbert himself has not apologized to the fan base.

Leonsis said that at some point, both he and Arenas will definitely address the fans and "face the music," and he added that "I just want Gilbert to know that I have his back." But expect some sort of Arenas apology.

2) Steve Buckhantz, who helped with the event, mentioned John Wall by name and asked Leonsis about using the top pick. Ted responded by saying that they were excited, but that they couldn't say anything specific yet. A bit later, in response to a different question, he said, approximately, that he was convinced John Wall would hit the ground running for the team and make significant contributions right away.

"Oh, I'm not supposed to say that, am I?" he quickly corrected himself, in what I'm told seemed like an honest mistake. And the Wall pick isn't exactly a surprise at this point.

3) From a reader, an account which was confirmed by another attendee:

The best moment of the night came near the end of the discussion when he mock-complained that everyone he has talked to over the last few days is telling him that he has to sign Lebron James. The crowd let out a pretty serious chorus of boos. After letting folks boom, Leonsis said "Good, I'm glad we're on the same page."

So maybe don't bother with your scenarios about how LeBron winds up in D.C. Leonsis also plans to hold an upcoming event with current plan-holders.

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2010; 12:11 PM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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Comments

The best owner in DC by an unbeatable margin.

Posted by: ridgely1 | June 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The best owner in DC by an unbeatable margin.

Posted by: ridgely1 | June 16, 2010 12:20 PM

That's like winning a world's tallest dwarf competition.

Posted by: Kev29 | June 16, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The Danny would NEVER do that, not in a million years...

Steady Teddy will build a winner because he UNDERSTANDS that if you know how to manage/relate to PEOPLE, the TASK becomes simpler.

Finesse not Force...are you paying attention Danny?? Probably not...too busy running another business into the ground

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 16, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Steady Teddy will build a winner because he UNDERSTANDS that if you know how to manage/relate to PEOPLE, the TASK becomes simpler.

Finesse not Force...are you paying attention Danny?? Probably not...too busy running another business into the ground

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 16, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Really worked for Ted in spades when he choked that kid six years ago huh?

BTW how's that AOL stock doing???

Posted by: CapsNut | June 16, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Where is Poopy_McMoron to attack me for saying most Wiz fans don't want LeBron here. Looks like you were wrong about that too ole buddy.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 16, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah...but if Wall is chosen, and Lebron signed, whoa. This team would be instantly playoff bound. Am I a playoff ho? Sure, but I was there when The Bullets won their championship, and wonder if I will ever see another, or any resemblence thereof.

Posted by: coastallp74 | June 16, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Only two things are certain about Wizards fans:

1. We only show up when the team is winning.
2. When we do show up, we boo LeBron.

Posted by: brian71490 | June 16, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

SIGN MELO IN 2011

Posted by: jpfterps | June 16, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Barno1

The truth is if we had the chance to get lebron and he was willing to come here why wouldn't you? Because you use to root against him? Because he whines for calls? Kind of like old Knicks and Cavs fans turning down the chance to get Michael Jordon in his prime. Sure you boo him while he is playing against a rival team but lets keep it real, he is one of the top five players in the league, and as much as fans despise him as a cav I would take him in a heartbeat and no matter what Ted says he would too. Thats like Ted saying he would not take Sidney Crosby. Just because caps fans root against him. You know he would if given the chance. The only reason Ted is saying that is because he knows the wizards are not in the picture.

Posted by: ged0386 | June 16, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Actually you would not take Sidney Crosby because the stage is not big enough for both him and Ovie to do a long-term duet.

It's not so much I don't want LeBron, I just don't think he fits here. We are rebuilding, he is trying to win now. Besides, I'm not convinced he's the best player available. Wade has a plenty of skill and a title. And I still think Wade is more likely to leave.

CapsNut: not sure what incident your referring to?

Posted by: mcgratsp | June 16, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"CapsNut: not sure what incident your referring to?"
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Leonsis choked a fan who heckled him after the Caps themselves choked in the playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2003.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | June 16, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Wiz fans will find that Leonsis is an overrated owner. Fact is, Caps haven't won anything yet and they lucked into getting Ovechkin. You e-mail him and he'll mock you with a condescending "don't worry, try to be happy" regardless of the subject. He never gives substantive responses so the whole thing is a farce.

Posted by: poguesmahone | June 17, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

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