Last season, both Ernie Grunfeld and Eddie Jordan looked like geniouses. Even without Gilbert Arenas and Etan Thomas, the Wizards played tough and again managed to win over 40 games and make the playoffs for the 4th straight season. To be able to lose their best player and still look like a solid team seemed to speak volumes of the team's coaching and player depth.
But that was last season. This season, the wheels have come off. Eddie Jordan has already lost his job. And now it looks like Tapscott isn't able to do much better. Many NBA analysts have criticized the talent the Wizards have to work with. Charles Barkley has said on national TV that whoever put this team together doesn't know what he's doing. Charley Rosen thinks Eddie Jordan will be coaching again but Ernie Grunfeld will be unemployed within two years. And we all know that Truth has said all along that it's the players, stupid.
So who is responsible for the players this team has? We all know that answer, and I think it is the giant elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about right now. Certainly, we can't blame Ernie for the injuries to Haywood and Arenas. But perhaps we should be blaming him for not acquiring at least a serviceable backup to Brendan. Perhaps we should also be blaming him for not adding players that can play anything resembling respectable defense. The lack of depth on this team is astounding. This is not a supporting cast that can help a team win a championship by any stretch of the imagination.
So even though I haven't completely lost faith in Ernie, watching this season unfold is admittedly making me doubt him a little. I'm curious what everyone else things now that I've broken the ice on this issue.