By definition a contingency plan is a course of action to be followed if a preferred plan fails or an existing situation changes. The Washington Wizards plan for this season is clear - from the sentiments expressed by owner Ted Leonsis to the writing on John Wall's sneakers - PLAYOFFS!
My question is, what if they don't make it?
I think it's safe to assume that if the season ends at 82 games head coach Randy Wittman and GM Ernie Grunfeld will not return, so who steps in to replace them? Are the Wizards even considering such a scenario? Who would be the new head coach - George Karl? Who would be the new GM - Tom Penn? I'm not making any predictions or suggestions, just throwing names out there. I wonder if the Wizards front office is doing the same. I wonder if the playoff expectations and pressures of avoiding another "unacceptable" lottery appearance have them in a state of denial about such a scenario.
If there's anything I've learned about this franchise from being a fan for many years it's that the Wizards stink when it comes to contingency plans, hence the seemingly ever-present "rebuilding mode" that the team remains mired in. Don't get me wrong, I'm very excited about the upcoming season and am looking forward to the 82-game ride - Wall and Beal alone are going to make every night entertaining. I'm also very optimistic that the Wizards will, in fact, be one of the top 8 teams in the East, but things don't always go as planned do they? I hope the Wizards front office knows that and I hope they are preparing for such a predicament because if not...sigh.
Maybe it's because I'm not totally convinced that the "_____ O' Les Boulez" is lifted, but I have a feeling that if things don't go as planned and the Wizards don't make the playoffs the franchise may once again find itself mired in "rebuilding mode".