I just read the grantland article. That guy isn't a professional writer, he's a little too meandering and there is too much inside joke tone. Of his suggestions, I think he's kind of missing the point on most of them.
He's right about Blatche. Blatche needs to be traded. Not for just anything because he does have value as a 6'11 270 pound big that can run and shoot. Some idiot will trade for him just like someone did for Kwame Brown. Maybe the return won't be as good as that trade's, but we'll get something from him.
But he's way off on the course the rebuild needs to take. His goals of trying to win as few games as possible contradicts the courses of action he suggests. I think Leonsis is actually spot on and I understand his methodology. Young players will make mistakes but they will learn in the process. But the team will also get hammered by short sighted public perception in the process as well.
I think keeping Rashard was absolutely the right decision in all accounts. Are we trying to get to the playoffs and make a run right now? No. That's all amnestying him would have been good for. Instead we've got his massive contract coming off the books next season when we'll be more competitive and able to start thinking about wooing free agents. We keep the amnesty trump card in our pockets for the future. And we didn't have to go searching for some nobody SF body to throw out on the floor while we're terrible.
He's also wrong about Flip IMO. Flip's failure to develop the young talent we do have is becoming a problem. The system doesn't suit the players and they're lack of success seems like it's hurting their confidence. The potential harm done to our existing core outweighs the benefits of self inflicted tanking from keeping Flip. The lottery system is dirty anyway, you can't rely on tanking. You all know we'll finish with the best or second best chance for the first pick in the lottery and still end up picking sixth.
The Wizards were a .500 team at home last season oddly enough. If you're paying to attend the games, there's probably close to a 50% chance you'll see a win, which isn't that bad. Even still, if you're paying to attend the games, you should go in expecting to lose, and if you want to get something out of your money, enjoy watching the young guys play hard and look for signs of progress in them.
That's the only way to keep sane watching a terrible team slog through a rebuild--closely manage your expectations. This guy hasn't quite figured that out.
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D.C. is like a somewhat more polite version of Philly or New York in terms of the fan base. We're not totally classless and childish like they are, although we can come close at times. But our fan base will turn on a player who is lazy and/or underachieving in our view and rip him mercilessly until his confidence is destroyed and he rues the day he ever put on our uniform. That was Blatche's problem. He didn't give enough of a **** to try hard and earned the hatred of the fan base last season. Then he responded terribly to the criticism by getting childish and lashing out at the fan base in retaliation. Well, and he's not good. The trifecta to end up on the **** list.