Yesterday, owner Ted Leonsis spoke on 106.7 “The Fan” regarding the upcoming Wizards season. Here are his most memorable quotes:
“If LeBron James can be a co-star in Miami, Gilbert Arenas can be a star and a co-star here in Washington, D.C.,” Leonsis said on Mike Wise’s 106.7 The Fan one-year anniversary show. “I communicate all the time with Gilbert. Obviously like anything in life, the proof’s in the pudding, but so far I’m very very optimistic that Gilbert is really in shape, he’s healthy, he’s very very positive, and that he will be a really good contributor to our team. And I think we’re going to have one of the best backcourts in the NBA. I think Wall and Gilbert and Hinrich are three high quality, very very good guards, and now we have to build the rest of the team.”
“We want a coach, a system where the young players can learn the system and grow up and believe in each other,” Leonsis said. “And then after we see what we’re building together and a new level of enthusiasm and better chemistry, then we can add via trades and free agency. But it’s vital for us to say we want to be younger, we want to be faster, we want to be a tougher team.”
And there’s more, from Dan Steinberg:
Leonsis repeated that he wouldn’t have traded the No. 5 pick last year, but that adding veterans fit in with the plan Ernie Grunfeld was tasked with, so he doesn’t hold that against his front-office.
I’m not big on an owner defending a GM for making mistakes. If he’s not performing up to task, he probably shouldn’t stick around.
The LeBron-Arenas comparison was interesting, but the circumstances are completely different. LeBron chose Miami to win a championship. And he’ll still have plenty of touches alongside Dwyane Wade. Arenas is in Washington because the Wizards can’t find a way to trade him. Washington won’t be a title contender for years to come. And Arenas is going to lose touches now that John Wall has arrived.
In NBA 2K11, the Wizards will, in fact, have one of the better backcourts around. In the real world, that remains to be seen. We still don’t know if the Wall-Arenas partnership is going to work yet.