Leonsis reachs out to Wizard fans and alumns
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.
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