Ted Leonsis on the progress and future of the Wizards
Wed, 30 May 2012|
CSN Washington dot com. Being a team in the lottery and being able to finish strong believed it was six wins once the trade was done you think you had a really good record there considering what Randy did. Where do you see the organization going forward -- coaching situation. It has something to do with the lottery also it it will raise and -- contract and so right now he's our coach and I was very impressed with the the job the green did but more importantly I was impressed during the exit interviews. To a man. The players all felt that. The way we played after the trade. Wasn't for me school it wasn't. It was since the at the end of the season and in other teams weren't trying. That this was a serious team a team that was playing for one another team that was coach able. Was working really really hard and started to see the whites turning on that if they played the right way that they would get good results. And so we're gonna take all of that into consideration. And but the players really like the coach in the staff and that's that speaks volumes on what decision left and it. Decided to retain -- to bring him accident tells the fan base that you like the way the organization is doing in terms of the -- in terms of bringing in young talent. What's the next -- -- do you think it's going to be to get the team to the post season. Well we need more vets and we saw home. The whole atmosphere -- locker room man. The team changed and we brought in new name and he's a really really solid player. And I like that we are building a culture. Where the team its first. Home that starts with your point guard. And John would be. Happy as a player because he knows he'll also be. Celebrated in the rewarded if we win. It's not gonna be about stats it's going to be how the team does but he's such a fundamentally. Good person. He wants to make the players around him better. And Nene isn't very. Unselfish player and and having your big man and your point guard. The players that want the team to have success. And I see that a lot in the international players beyond is fundamentally very very sound in. And isn't about stats. And we saw Sarah fan. Who was a revelation. And you know we saw him play it like that a lot in practice. But to see that confidence that team time and -- a big -- of his sides have that kind of footwork and great hands be able to go left and right. In and -- was like a coach on the floor for him he was our big man coach. And so we gonna make big investments continue to make big investments in player development. We know the but I think -- now. Had our fill of young players on. -- Two years of owning the team three offseason and that's what lot of young players it's almost like you're an expansion team. We could have denying the first second third year players. All of that we drafted. More brought in via trade with Atlanta for the Jordan Crawford and that that was a very very fast rebuild we brought in meaning. And I'm hoping this year. Either through trades or free agency we can be additive. To the team bring in some war -- And I think we're gonna get -- player guys who make our rotation. -- foundational player over for us with the third pick in the draft finally talked when you took over you wanted to see a model kind of like Oklahoma City to see what they're doing. But also what Indiana did what Philadelphia did when young added sprinkled in veterans when the time is right so you're saying -- do you think the time right. Oh yeah I don't wanna I don't ought to be in a lottery anymore -- that's not a lot of fun but you know without pain there's no -- and I knew what were written for. And you know having a lot of these young players as they develop and get that -- the team would get better. But we're not shy about investing in spending the money. I just wanna be Smart about it made sure that the free agents that we bring in the trees that we may be good ones. You know Nene was the most coveted free agent last offseason and we brought him here and a different circuitous route. But -- you have a really really good big man and a really really good point guard now you can and another talent. And sought to build around them and I think we're on our way thanks so much free time into the summer thanks CSN Washington dot com.