The Wizards are 1-8, and they haven’t begun this badly since 1966, when they weren’t just the Bullets, they were the Baltimore Bullets. This isn’t a path on which many double back, and Gilbert’s talking about not returning if it keeps up. Sad though that may be, it’s sensible, and Gil says what I’ve been thinking:
“If this is one of those years we don’t make the playoffs, we’re one of those teams that’s in last place the whole year — you know that’s what happened to San Antonio and that’s how they got Tim Duncan. If that happens with us, it’s for the better.”
If not San Antone and Tim Duncan, then at least Miami and Michael Beasley. And who are this year’s Duncans and Beasleys? The top of Draft Express’ mock draft has Spanish PG Ricky Rubio and Oklahoma PF Blake Griffin, to which I would say yes and a thousand times yes, respectively.
The ping-pong balls bouncing that way would be glorious indeed, for Gilbert and the rest of us, but, good lord, that’s 73 games away. Have playoff hopes become pipe dreams already?
Update: Dan Shanoff weighs in and — while I agree with most of what he has to say — pays Mr. Griffin short shrift.