As the Washington Wizards begin to get players back from injury, a more fare assessment of the team can start to be made. Nene Hilario has begun to play more minutes, moving into the starting lineup. Bradley Beal is playing as aggressive as ever. Tonight Trevor Ariza and A.J. Price make their returns to the lineup after missing weeks with injuries. Even John Wall has started practicing full contact with the team and is aiming to be back in the next couple of weeks. The heat is now on Ernie Grunfeld, again.
This team and coaching staff are in the hands of Grunfeld. Ted Leonsis should never mind that 2 year agreement Grunfeld signed this summer and see what he does with the rest of the season as the team looks to finally have it’s full compliment of players.
Will there be development?
Will the Wizards finally start winning those close games?
All of these questions will be answered soon enough and Leonsis will have more than enough information on Grunfeld’s abilities to run a team to know if his termination is required this off season. Right now, it should just about a miracle for him to return. None of his draft picks have worked out for the Wizards, so far. While there is definitely promise in the few young players remaining, none have really progressed. That blame can be placed largely on the shoulders of the man that hand picked them, Grunfeld.
Grunfeld and Leonsis envisioned a much improved squad after the acquisitions made this summer. What they have is a far superior product. Grunfeld has placed his job on the abilities of Wall to elevate the talent around him, he hopes he was right.