Thursday September 23, 2010 6:02 p.m.
By Frank Hanrahan
When asked if Gilbert Arenas and John Wall can coexist in the same back court this upcoming season, Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld didn't give it the greatest endorsement, taking more of a wait-and-see approach.
"Obviously we see both of those guys on the court together for stretches of time. But it's going to be a process," Grunfeld said. "I think Gilbert and John could be a good combination. They can both make plays. Gilbert is an outstanding scorer. John is an outstanding defender. I think they will complement each other very well. But it's going to be a process.
"They will have to learn how to play with one another. They have been out here scrimmaging, playing on the same team and it's looked good, but they are going to have to feel their way around."
Will there be enough shots to go around for both Arenas and Wall?
"You never have enough playmakers on your roster, but I'm sure it will take some time to create some chemistry. It will take some time for them to get used to each other, and don't forget there are three other guys out there," Grunfeld added.
Ernie is right. It's not just Wall and Arenas who have to learn each others' nuances. It's the whole team that will have to get used to each other. Only four players return from a year ago, center JaVale McGee, forward Nick Young, forward Andray Blatche and Arenas. Grunfeld made it very clear throughout the 30 minute media session at Verizon Center, that this is a rebuilding year.
"This is the beginning of a new era. We're very excited to get started; matter of fact we are so excited, we are getting started at 12:01 am, the first possible day we can get to it," said Grunfeld, who was referring to the Midnight Madness event to be held early Tuesday morning at the site of training camp, George Mason University. "We have made no secret of the fact that we are rebuilding. We want to play hard, aggressive basketball and we want to improve as the season goes along, and you never know what can happen."