For Washington Wizards, No Effort, No Defense, and No Future

December 30th, 2009 by Matthew Brown Leave a reply »
There are no more excuses to be made for the Washington Wizards' poor start to the season. They are 10-20 and they have lost to the NBA's worst teams this season.

But they're "still a playoff team" in the eyes of a few fans that are apparently watching their squad through rose-colored glasses.

The worst thing the Wizards can be right now is the most talented team in the NBA on paper. Yet that is exactly what they are. Just a few years ago, there was loose talk that the team was just a year away from serious contention.

Then the injury bug hit in all the wrong places.

Gilbert Arenas has missed 157 games in the last three years. Caron Butler has missed 58 games since arriving in Washington. Antawn Jamison has missed 16 games in the last three years. Brendan Haywood has missed 78 games in the last two years.

Mike Miller was a great offseason pickup for the Wizards, but he has already missed 21 of the team's 30 games.

This season, however, the remaining starters for the Wizards have been together on the floor for most of their games. They endured a rough stretch early without Jamison, but haven't been able to find ...

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