A certain local sports-talk radio show spent at least 15 or 20 minutes Tuesday morning debating Ted Leonsis’s role in shaping the future of the Wizards. Now, I’m not sure if he was responding to that show, or maybe to the real or perceived actions of certain other D.C. sports owners, but just to make things clear, he posted an update about his own draft-day role on his blog:
I don’t make the picks. I haven’t done the scouting and I am NOT a professional in this regard. I believe in our scouts and in our front office and know they have been working hard and have seen - countless times - most of the top prospects.
As an Owner, I don’t do other people’s jobs. If I did, we would all be in trouble. I am not an armchair GM. I do set strategy and vision but then the professionals execute on tactics and manage to outcomes and quantifiable metrics. I believe that is the best course. I won’t be making or influencing our picks. How could I? I am not prepared in that regard. I didn’t go to see the players play at combines; in Europe; on campus. I didn’t do the interviews, etc. etc....
So don’t worry, I won’t be making the picks. I know that will allay many folks that have concerns about owners that meddle although I do think it is the height of irony to admit I can’t make the picks but to see so many comments from fans on which we should pick.
Owners that meddle? Owners that meddle?
“[Calvin] Johnson’s workout] was really impressive,” Dan Snyder said in 2007. “We’ve had dinner with 25 of the first-round picks, and we tried to cover as much ground as we could in a limited amount of time.”