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Poll: Are you excited about the Wizards?

By Michael Lee  |  August 27, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
 | Tags: Washington Wizards, Washington Wizards 2010  
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Mike Lee,
Is there some scuttlebutt about Melo and the Wiz we are not privy to?

Posted by: bozomoeman | August 27, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

What's there to be excited about? Is this team ready to make a playoff run? C'mon. It's going to be a season of up and down, some highlights, maybe more lowlights, culminating in another trip to the lottery. If Teddy plays his cards right, this team is about 3-5 years away from being a team that can advance past the first round in the playoffs. Don't expect immediate dividends with a "build through the draft" philosophy.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | August 27, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

The scuttlebutt that I was going to post yesterday but decided not to because it wasn't worth mentioning is that Denver is content with offloading Melo, JR Smith, and Kenyon Martin to retool the team.

Maybe if Melo comes here, he can shoot another "don't be a snitch" video.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | August 27, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Excited about this team??? I am.

But lets take a look at self fulfilling prophecy in sports.

Of the three major professional sports, Basketball, Baseball, and Football, Basketball is the one where it is the most hard to go from "worst to first".

You have several examples in Football and Baseball where teams that finished on the bottom one year can go all the way to the top the next year.

It just doesn't happen in NBA basketball. Why? Does self fulfilling phophecy come into play in the NBA moreso than the other two.

It takes 3-5 years to build a team for a deep run in the playoffs... You need two or three top players.... It will take a player like Wall 2-3 years to be a top player... Blatche isn't a pros pro, the Wizards can't play defense... Gilbert isn't worthy of being a real NBA star... on and on we can go.

Do NBA teams and coaches look at the future of their teams and project what they think the team should and can accomplish now.

Or, do they believe like in Football and Baseball that they can put a team together and and be playing for the title at the end of year?

I submit that the Teams that are constantly in the hunt believe that they can win now. And in believing that they constantly pursue and make moves to win now. (Lakers, Celts, Riley, Jackson, Jordan)

I submit and believe that any team that believes that it is on a 3-5 year plan will always be on a 3-5 year plan.

You have to be of the mindset that you are going to win now as well as being excited about winning now.

Surely you might not win it now, but if you are about putting your mind and yourselves and your organization into the position to win now, you essentially make yourselves and all that you do a winning machine.

If you are of the mindset, it will take 3-5 years, and you can't make the playoffs this year, and if you do, you can't get past the first round, you have just fulfilled the phophecy of losers.

In reality it make take several years to win a championship or compete for it, but all to often I think too many NBA teams don't understand about doing everything and making your organization a winner now.

They think they are going to win in 3-5 years when the teams that keep winning and competing for the Ring know that you must be a winner now.

To say to this Wizard team and to believe that this Wizard team cannot achieve the playoffs now is in my book the wrong way to prepare this team to be winners this year, right now.

You must have a selfulling prophecy to win it all now. You cannot think it takes 3-5 years to get to the 2nd round of the playoffs.

What a sad sad way to be excited about your team DC_Man88.

Or, do you already know that this is a bunch of losers from Ted Leonsis down to 15th man on the bench.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 27, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

My preseason excitment is 5 fold higher than last year.There are few young unknown talents to be excited, a new ownership attitude , the return of arenas,the tandem of our gards, the maturity of AB and the addition of JH kept me in excitment.There was no excitment as this one since Arenas went down.Now i am living with a huge hope,no matter where the team will be at the end of the season, it is going to be a plus.

Posted by: gtefferra | August 27, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"It takes 3-5 years to build a team for a deep run in the playoffs... You need two or three top players.... It will take a player like Wall 2-3 years to be a top player... Blatche isn't a pros pro, the Wizards can't play defense... Gilbert isn't worthy of being a real NBA star... on and on we can go.

Do NBA teams and coaches look at the future of their teams and project what they think the team should and can accomplish now.

Or, do they believe like in Football and Baseball that they can put a team together and and be playing for the title at the end of year?

I submit that the Teams that are constantly in the hunt believe that they can win now. And in believing that they constantly pursue and make moves to win now. (Lakers, Celts, Riley, Jackson, Jordan)

I submit and believe that any team that believes that it is on a 3-5 year plan will always be on a 3-5 year plan.

You have to be of the mindset that you are going to win now as well as being excited about winning now.

Surely you might not win it now, but if you are about putting your mind and yourselves and your organization into the position to win now, you essentially make yourselves and all that you do a winning machine.

If you are of the mindset, it will take 3-5 years, and you can't make the playoffs this year, and if you do, you can't get past the first round, you have just fulfilled the phophecy of losers.

In reality it make take several years to win a championship or compete for it, but all to often I think too many NBA teams don't understand about doing everything and making your organization a winner now.

They think they are going to win in 3-5 years when the teams that keep winning and competing for the Ring know that you must be a winner now......

You must have a selfulling prophecy to win it all now. You cannot think it takes 3-5 years to get to the 2nd round of the playoffs.

What a sad sad way to be excited about your team DC_Man88.

Or, do you already know that this is a bunch of losers from Ted Leonsis down to 15th man on the bench.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 27, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse "


Blah, blah....based on all the stuff you wrote, it boils down to 3-5 years, and sorry pal, EG's time is up.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | August 27, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

The poll did not have all the options. I'm excited about the Wiz not because I think they will make a run for the playoffs this season. They could, but probably not. I'm excited because with Ted, they are building for the future, by adding draft picks and signing young guys with upside. Some will develop and others won't. It may take a little while to make a huge impact this way, but it is so much better than patching from year to year, hoping to get to the first round of the playoffs but often falling short.

Posted by: EdDC | August 27, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Excited? No.

Cautiously Optimistic? Yes.

Until we see how Zero and Wall interact, it's all speculative.

Posted by: kahlua87 | August 27, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

We have a great new owner and a strong draft class. Outside of this I'm not to optimistic.

Posted by: manwray | August 27, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The sooner the Wizards dump Agent Zero they will begin to function as a team.

Posted by: edtb1 | August 27, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I've said from day 1 keeping Gil is a GREAT idea! I think they will surprise LOTS of people and finish 4th or 5th in the east if not better. Jamison was good but overrated and played no defense, Dre is an overall upgrade at the 4.

This year's team is deeper than last year’s team overall. Gil is an ALLSTAR...Ted called it correctly. Again, at times good people do bad things...they're still good people. I'm happy Gil is back and hope he's a player in DC for the long foreseeable future.
Its unfortunate how we are in society; when you do right no one remembers however when you do wrong no one forgets. We’re deeper, BIGGER, tougher, and have our ALLSTAR back and healthy.

Posted by: Gooddad | August 27, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to the season.

We've got some new players and rookies, and it's always worthwhile seeing how the new parts fit with the previous team.

As far as the play-offs go, I could see the Wizards making a play for one of the lower seeds, but it strikes me as premature to say exactly what kind of team we'll have.

Posted by: JPRS | August 27, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Simply put, I am excited over the fact the no matter how this team performs this season there is a good chance that they will improve the following season.

As opposed to the way that past teams made me feel like every new season meant too many important members of the roster were just getting older and doomed to lose some level of performance/health from one year to the next.

Posted by: SportzWiz | August 27, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

IF John Wall is a prodigy in the pros from year one, this will be an interesting second half of the season. Arenas is the key at that point. Will he mature and dish when the opportunity arises and shoot lights out when needed. Blatche is a force and with a new option of McGee there could be too much low post presence for at least 24 teams to handle. This team needs to be allowed to run and then run some more. Why have a race horses in Wall, McGee, and Booker and not let them run? Hinrich will give the players another coach on the floor. I could see them going deep into the playoffs if they learn to play together. They cant get caught up in half court games on either side of the ball. Howard could get loose by the second half of the season just before the playoffs. N'daye and Armstrong along with McGee gives plenty of length and fouls to the center position. Seraphin is not yet a known commodity. If he and Booker are as big and strong and talented as advertised then this team has no good reason for not having a 45 win season, then be improving at playoff time, and then having young legs in the playoffs with just a need for experience. Stay away from Melo or anyone else that is a head case. Give Arenas a year to see where his career is at.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | August 27, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Are ya'll crazy?

Dogging Arenas out because he made a silly mistake last year.

I am telling you it is the best thing that ever happened to Gilbert or the Wizards and Ted is smart enough to know it.

Gilbert Arenas is THE best gaurd in the NBA.

When he played with Larry, they were an unstoppabble nightmare for opposing offenses as well as defenses.

Now how much better do you think he will be with Wall, and Josh Howard?

Gil is at the top of his game and I could see him hitting 40 points per game because the boy is bad. He is beyond good with the basketball; the man is wicked.

Do you remember all of those game winning three's he put up?

He was just trying to be a man and not let his teamates see him get punked-out. He was immature and he got caught, paid his dues and the LORD moves in mysterious ways.

Be more forgiving. If you got in trouble; would you want some unforgiving jerk as a judge and jury deciding were you work?

Peace and Blessings; I Love all ya'll, John

Posted by: upscalechef | August 28, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm excited about the season and believe the team will be much better than Hollinger of espn thinks. But there is that big question mark: how well will Arenas mesh with Wall and the rest of the new team?

Posted by: 7snider7 | August 28, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I've said from day 1 keeping Gil is a GREAT idea! I think they will surprise LOTS of people and finish 4th or 5th in the east if not better. Jamison was good but overrated and played no defense, Dre is an overall upgrade at the 4.

This year's team is deeper than last year’s team overall. Gil is an ALLSTAR...Ted called it correctly. Again, at times good people do bad things...they're still good people. I'm happy Gil is back and hope he's a player in DC for the long foreseeable future.
Its unfortunate how we are in society; when you do right no one remembers however when you do wrong no one forgets. We’re deeper, BIGGER, tougher, and have our ALLSTAR back and healthy.


Posted by: Gooddad | August 27, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

They will NOT finish "4th or 5th" in the east. Otherwise, great post!

Posted by: bpybay | August 28, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I am pretty optimistic that we can fly under the radar and be a 37-38 win team. If Wall is what we think he is, if Gil has his head straightened out now, and if we get anything from McGee, Booker and Blatche then we could get close to 40 win mark. Yeah I know, there may be a few too many "ifs". We realistically we may not get all those things at once so 32-33 wins is more reasonable.

Much more important than the win total are the intangibles of a change in culture, improved team chemistry and buy-in to the Saunders philosophy.

BmoreRev

Posted by: stanlong23 | August 28, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

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