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Wizards get back to basics

(Photos by Jonathan Newton - TWP)

Michael Lee reported this week that the Wizards 2010 slogan is "Back to Basics." Like so:

About 12 hours after the conclusion of the late-night practice, they arrived in front of an empty gymnasium with a banner hanging from the second deck that read, "Back To Basics."

Coach Flip Saunders came up with that new motto for the 2010-11 Wizards, a collection of players who are mostly unknown, unproven or seeking to restore past reputations.

(Incidentally, the Salisbury football team has also chosen "Back to Basics" as its 2010 slogan. The Sea Gulls -- coming off a 5-6 campaign -- won their first three games this year, including an 84-7 win over something called Husson.)

Later, Ted Leonsis wrote that the slogan was "music to my ears." Like so:

Teaching and creating a culture of winning; having good habits; understanding the blessings of playing for a professional NBA team; being in pursuit of a higher calling; focusing on systems; process; and wins not stats. We are making progress - fast - lots of positive energy with the fan base and lots of serious pursuit of teamwork at camp.

And Truth About It noted that coaches are also wearing Back to Basics shirts. And since a picture is worth a thousand blog posts, here are those banners. Dramatic, no?

(Mike also noted that coaches and players have gear that reads simply "Washington Basketball," with no Wizardly references. Here's that, too. THEY'RE CHANGING THEIR NAME TO THE WASHINGTON BASKETBALLS!!!!!!!!)

By Dan Steinberg  | September 30, 2010; 10:42 AM ET
Categories:  Wizards  
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Dan I can't believe you would be so insensitive to the good people of Husson

Posted by: jpfterps | September 30, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Check the stats of that game..incredible..

Over 500 yards of rushing for Salsbury with 14 people with at least one rushing attempt..

Posted by: KarK | September 30, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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