Potential, Possibilities, Questions....2009 Washington Wizards

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Potential, Possibilities, Questions....2009 Washington Wizards
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It is difficult to nail down just what to expect from this seasons Wizards there are just so many if's to take into consideration. A new coach {Flip Saunders} who brings a new style of play, a new philosophy.

New players { Miller & Foye } can they bring there assets to Washington and fit in without being disruptive? Gilbert Arenas has his knee recovered enough for him to pickup where he left off before the injury? And if not will he have the patience and dedication to modify his game to fit the needs of the team.

The front line of Haywood, Blatche, McGhee & Oberto will they be able to be a consistent  enough group to carry this team through a Eastern conference that features the likes of Shaq , D. Howard & Garrnet ?

I like the move to Saunders his Detroit teams always played hard something the Wizards have not been able to do recently. And it's time for a new direction for this organization. I liked Eddie Jordan and believe he will be a great coach his problem in Washington was he was not Ernie's guy.

Jordan was already here when Grunfeld arrived and they never seemed to be on the same page really. Now Ernie has the coach he wants and they must make some tough decisions about this roster.

This roster as it stands only has a window of about two seasons at the most. Jamison & Butler have had to play major minutes while Arenas has been injured. That's two thirds of the big three.

They must also decide just how much longer to give Andray Blatche and if Nick Young is going to blossom into there next go to scoring option.

Its kind of strange that the two major sports franchises in Washington {Redskins & Wizards} seem to have fallen behind the one that was until recently an afterthought the {Capitals} as far as leadership, direction, and most importantly wins..

Hopefully the Grunfeld-Saunders tandem can formulate that plan that will give this franchise a direction to go in where they can take that next step. Arenas with his 100 million dollar contract will get a lot of the attention. But if the young guys can find there way the transition will go a lot smoother.

So two things in my opinion will dictate how things go for this team 1) Health   2) patience and they should focus on the second. Yes the word coming from the Wizards is we can win now but strengthening there core youth's future would reap benefits that may show up sooner than they think....

So earning a playoff spot would be great but see the youngsters grow up and playing major minutes by seasons end would be even better. This possibly gives the big three another year or so to get that shot at the trophy. Making this team a team to watch in 2010...

 

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