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Be Grateful - Things Could Be Much Worse (Long-Term View)




There is no denying that the Wizards' season has been an unmitigated disaster. That said, things could be much, much worse for us as fans.

To be honest, it's probably a very good thing that the team is so truly terrible. There's no denying that the process is horrible, but we all know that the NBA is the epitome of "No Pain, No Gain." Real fans want real success, meaning that we want the greatest possible chance at winning one or more championships. Unfortunately, that means that it is better to be a horrible NBA team than a mediocre team because of the importance of drafting the next superstar. This is especially true right now for the Wizards because it maximizes: (1) our lottery odds, and (2) more importantly, the chances that ownership will replace the current front office.

The sad fact is that the NBA has passed Ernie Grunfeld by, probably many moons ago, and the odds of this franchise achieving true success under his management are close to nil. This franchise is near the bottom of the league in coaching, player development, scouting, medical, and strength & conditioning. All of those aspects are on Grunfeld, and his abject failure at all of them could actually end up being this team's salvation. It has already netted the team John Wall, whose ceiling is at least solid starter on a championship team, as is Bradley Beal's (although obviously lower than Wall's). Grunfeld's final parting gift might even be the silver lining of saddling the team with two horribly over-priced veterans for two years, resulting in a high draft pick this season and, most importantly, more ping-pong balls in the Wiggins lottery the following year.

We can dream, so imagine John Wall, Bradley Beal, Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, and your choice of dream big, and add in two years of first-class player development, medical, and strength & conditioning. On the off chance that that occurs, we'd have the ineptitude of Ernie Grunfeld to thank (at least for the players).

Oh, and there's some sweet cosmic justice in the fact that what is presumably Grunfeld's worst year is during the season when (1) there's no hockey; (2) Mike Rizzo is pushing for the title of best GM in any sport; and (3) RGIII is making the Redskins braintrust look brilliant. It's all making Grunfeld stick out like the "other guy" in those credit score commercials, adding even more pressure for ownership to finally make a change.

The other good thing is that, if our team has to be horrible to the point of being unwatchable, at least it's at a time when the rest of the league is absolutely firing on all cylinders. The Clippers have won 13 in a row with Paul and Griffin, the Heat are a formidable king-of-the-mountain, the Thunder are also on a 10-game win streak, the Knicks (KNICKS) are 13 over .500 and just bombing away, and we have the fascinating Kobe+Gasol+Howard about to be transformed by Steve Nash.

It's obviously too early to tell, but Andrew Wiggins appears to be "Next," and he's probably the Wizards' best chance to have a legitimate shot at winning a championship in the next decade. If that means we have to be terrible for the next two years, so be it. I'll take a shot a long-term greatness over short-term mediocrity six days a week, and twice on Christmas.

This represents the view of the user who wrote the FanPost, and not the entire Bullets Forever community. We're a place of many opinions, not just one.

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