The 2018-2019 NBA season has not been kind to the Washington Wizards. Currently sitting with a 16-24 record, playoff hopes for the team look horrendously bleak. Matters were made even worse when All-Star point guard John Wall announced that he would be undergoing surgery on his left heel, a procedure that will take him out of action for 6-8 months.
If you are the Wizards front office, the time couldn’t be anymore apparent than now to begin a rebuilding process. This team, for years, has been expected to be a serious threat in the Eastern conference. With an All-Star backcourt of Wall and Bradley Beal, the Wizards have been viewed as a team that could make some serious noise in the notoriously weaker Eastern conference. Since the team once again found themselves back in the playoff hunt back in 2014, the farthest they’ve ever been able to go is to the second round. We’ve mentioned the challenge in being able to put full faith into this team, but this season is a clear indication on what the franchise has to get ready for.
In fact, forget about the record for a moment. Take a closer look at the decision in which team’s own best player John Wall chose to make. He elected to undergo surgery at a down point in the season. Wall himself may let people know that this had more to do with a medical requisite, but can we truly take him at his word? At such a low point in the season, one has to wonder about the coincidental nature of this decision’s timing. Was the surgery one-hundred percent necessary at this point in time, or was it a free pass for Wall to end his involvement in an abysmal season?
Don’t let any player on the team fool you. Don’t let analysts such as Ryan Hollins fool you. The Wizards are done. After years of underachieving and missed opportunities, it’s quite clear that it’s time for a change with organization.