The problems Jan Vesely is displaying aren't just rookie mistakes. He simply has extremely limited basketball skills. Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- I could've written this article last night, but who in their right mind would wait up until midnight to read about the Washington Wizards latest 120-100 loss Monday night to the Golden State Warriors?
Disgruntled forward Andray Blatche could've been more professional and at least pleaded with the fans to stop booing him instead of blaming them for his struggles.
"You are at home and the people that are supposed to have your back...don't have your back," said Blatche.
He later continued "Every time I touch the ball I am second guessing. I'm trying to avoid the boo's. I'm trying to play a perfect game so I don't have to hear it."
As the voice of the Wizards organization, John Wall could've come up with a much better answer to CSN's Chris Miller's question about Wall's leadership in the locker room when guys were goofing around before the game, an accusation Randy Wittman fired off in the post game presser.
"I think I can say as much as possible, but these are grown guys. They are going to do what they want to do."
No John, that's wrong. Your teammates are looking for you to be the policeman and get them on the right track. That question and answer sequence could've been Wall's chance to lash out as his teammates and become the leader we all see inside of him. It could've went viral on ESPN and could've shown that Wall is sick of losing and ready to take on more of an authoritarian role in the locker room.
But he actually isn't. Wall is caught up in this losing culture too, and I'm sure he was in the group that was joking around moments before tip-off. Losses just aren't affecting the Wizards like they do in other professional locker rooms.
JaVale McGee could've played as hard as he did in the first quarter -- seven points, four rebounds, two blocks -- for the entire game. The Warriors don't have a true center to match-up with McGee. Now, it's become customary for the Wizards big man to coast up and down the floor, or sometimes not even make it up the floor on offense, when his team trails by 15 points or more.
General Manager Ernie Grunfeld could have scouted Jan Vesely a little harder, realizing the rookie may have the least amount of basketball skills out of any first round pick from the 2011 NBA draft. He struggles to catch the ball. His release on layups is going in slow motion. If he's not dunking, Vesely is wasting space.
Owner Ted Leonsis could've fired Grunfeld two years ago when he took over the team.
The rest of the organization could act more like Randy Wittman, who blamed himself for the performance instead of pointing fingers or making excuses that the team is in its infancy stages.
"That' about as disappointed as I've been. I will take full responsibility for this. I had a sense before the game we weren't ready to play," said Wittman.
When have you ever heard another member in this organization take blame for something?
You haven't because the Wizards will continue to be a bunch of me-first, let's have a good time instead of winning, players. Losing seems to have become accepted in Washington D.C. but the Wizards are taking it to a whole new level.