Les Wiz, Day 3
The news of the day Wednesday was Ernie Grunfeld's contract extension but the move shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone who has spoken with owner Abe Pollin this summer. Pollin is thrilled with the job Grunfeld has done and wants to keep the momentum going. Abe is supposed to be here later for today's first practice and I'll try to catch up with him and ask him about the extension. It's funny: Abe hired Eddie Jordan in the summer of 2003 and then went and landed Ernie.
Traditionally, hiring a coach before picking the GM is a recipe for failure but things appear to have worked out pretty well. Things are in place for this team right now and it will be interesting to see how things flow this season. I get the sense from the comments and e-mails that Wizards fans like the direction of this team. Are folks starting to trust the Wizards?
Richmond is hosting a real, live NBA team right now but you wouldn't know it by going out and hitting town. I was in a couple of spots last night and nobody knew the Wizards were in town. One young lady asked: "Who are the Wizards? That's soccer right?" No, those are the Kansas City Wizards....MLS...Eddie Johnson's team not Eddie Jordan....Anyway, it's a pretty low-key scene which is fine with me.
Haven't really seen much of Richmond but I'm planning on checking some things out tomorrow. I'm kind of a Civil War buff so I want to go through the Confederate War museum (As longs the folks in the place know their side lost). I guess they have one of Robert E. Lee's uniforms on hand. That should be interesting. I'm also trying to read Bob Woodward's new book but I really haven't had time. It's pretty much all basketball all the time. I'll pop back in later this afternoon following the first practice.
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