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What Road Will Ernie Grunfeld Take At The Trade Deadline?

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It's easy to imagine a cynical owner regarding his team's fans with a casual contempt. "They don't know what they want. Last year it's 'we play the veterans too much', then it's 'we play the wrong rookies too much', now it's 'the rookies suck so sign free agents.' And if I do you'll start screaming 'we signed the wrong ones, our cap space is gone forever' and the whole thing starts again." That's the kind of thinking that evolves when an owner stops questioning whether or not they're making the right decisions. It often results in a surety with a tendency to ignore reality while blindly doubling down on a 'sure thing'. I believe this is a trap Ted has mostly avoided. But regarding Ernie's future the question has become: who is seeing clearly?

10. Never settle--never rest--keep on improving. Around the edges to the plan, have monthly, quarterly and annual check ups. Refresh the plan when needed but for the right reasons-- "how are we doing against our metrics of success and where are we on our path to a championship." Never listen to bloggers, media, so called experts--to thine own self be true. Enjoy the ride.

Ted's Take via Hogs Haven

Transparency is a tent pole of the ten point plan but the plain truth is that we don't really know what Ted is seeing. This is pretty much all we have to calibrate with for now, before Flip's firing:

I was up close and watched a very dispirited effort by our team yesterday afternoon...I have found the best thing to do in times of stress and turmoil is to do research; be analytical; NOT emotional; and try to find ways to one is happy with the progress we are making as a team; it is important that we be measured and smart in how we move forward.

via Ted's Take

There's no doubt how the team chose to proceed, and I think we can all agree Flip needed to go. Randy Wittman is doing a better job maximizing the talents of the team Ted thought he was going to see, but there's no doubt this is not what Ted was expecting.

Odd as it sounds, I would like to hear a vote of confidence in Ernie as a GM. That would suggest to me that there is an active dialogue between the two and that Ernie has a plan Ted believes in. Right now, the silence out of the Verizon Center only suggests Ernie has until the trade deadline to prove himself. That means activity crucial to the rebuild and just what path will Ernie choose? There are plenty of paths available and his history long past and recent suggests he could go just about any which way and perhaps that's the way he wants it. Hell, that might be the only leverage the Wizards have at the deadline.

And now, a Shakespearean monologue with Wizards mad libs. And who knows existential suffering like a Wizards fan in Shakespeare's plays? What if Hamlet was a Wizards fan?

To be, or not to be, that is the question:

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer

the .GIFs and blowouts of outrageous fortune,

Or to take [cap] space against a sea of troubles

And by veterans, end them. To lose-to slump,

No more; and by a slump to say we end

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks

Our teams are heir to: 'tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish'd. To lose-to slump;

To slump, perchance to rise-ay, there's the rub:

For in that slump of loss[es] what drafts may come,

When we have shuffled off this dunce's coil,

Must give us pause-there's the respect

That makes calamity of [team] building thus.

For who would bear the wicked pixels of spite,

Th'GM's wrongs, the coach's contumely,

The pangs of dispriz'd love, the draft's delay,

The insolence of Heat fans, and the spurns

That patient fandom of th'unworthy takes,

When [s?/]he himself might [her?] his young roster make

With a smart signing? Who would suff'ring bear,

To root and wait under a weary hope,

But that the dread of something after loss,

The playoff pressure-cooker, from whose grip

No salary cap returns, puzzles the will,

And makes us rather bear those ills we have

Than fly to others that we know not of?

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,

And thus the native hue of ten point plans

Are sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,

And enterprises of great pitch and moment

With this regard their currents turn awry

And lose the name of action.

via Enotes and myself

Apologies to the Bard, of course.