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Ted Leonsis won’t provide input on Wizards’ picks

(Evan Vucci/AP)

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.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.


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