It was a typical pre-game scene for the Washington Wizards, a team with a well earned reputation for having one of the loosest locker rooms in the league. Laying on a training table in the middle of the visiting locker room,
"Man, why are you eating oranges right now?" asked Butler.
"I like them," said Pecherov. "They're good for me."
"How about chewing them?" replied Butler.
It's wasn't exactly a line that will earn McGee a spot at
But this season, they are losers. Big losers.
"This is the worst season I have ever been a part of," said forward
Talent isn't an issue in Washington. The Wizards have scoring (
"An unbelievable number of injuries," said Celtics coach
Presumably the Wizards will have a complete roster when training camp opens in October. They will have Arenas, who had no setbacks after playing two games this month and says his goals going into next season are to develop as a point guard (he had a 20 assists to one turnover in his two games this season) and to lead the NBA in triple-doubles.
The Wizards will have a high lottery pick, which could yield prized forward
"Hands down, just with everybody healthy, this is a playoff caliber team," said Jamison. "The biggest question is going to be, 'is this a championship caliber team?' Is this a contender? Are we going to be the type of team that can honestly contend for a championship and come out of the East? Are we going to have the mindset to sacrifice for the sake of the team to achieve the ultimate goal? Good questions, and very important ones."
Both Jamison and Arenas point to the development of the Wizards young talent as the key to Washington's success next season. While Young, McGee and
Jamison says, to keep everyone on the same page, the youngsters should spend a few days a month working out with the veterans in D.C.
"We got to work," said Jamison. "[The younger players] don't have an identity. There is a certain work ethic you got to have. The coaching staff is going to have to get on them. They have been [at] a nice bed and breakfast the last couple of seasons. We've messed with too many people's livelihoods the last couple of years. It's time to own up to the importance of [their] role with this team."
Said Arenas, "It's going to be a very challenging summer for everybody. All we can do is go into the summer and try to perfect our games as much as we can. Like I told Nick, keep that killer instinct all the time. JaVale, he has to work on his post moves. We have to get better."