Insult to injury: Beal, the third pick in the draft, shot 1 for 11 and combined with point guard A.J. Price to miss all but two of 13 three-pointers. The second pick, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, looked like a solid veteran with 15 points and eight rebounds for Charlotte.
It’s too early this season to raise the Wall question, whether he really is special enough to turn this ship in the right direction and make the Wizards a contender one day.
It’s too soon to point out that Emeka Okafor, Seraphin and Nene all play the same position best — the five, the center position — and that putting any of them against the NBA’s nouveau power forwards who can bang down 15-footers as well as bang bodies is a recipe for disaster. The Wizards’ front line is built for the ’90s, not the new millennium.
When Wall gets healthy, he will have an undue of amount of pressure on him to fix what one player simply can’t right now.
What can be said is they are bad now, really bad. When you get beaten that badly by a historically bad team of a year ago it’s not a stretch to think you have historically bad possibilities, too.
Again, it’s early, and the injuries are clearly the biggest factor thus far. But if this is any harbinger of a season to come, Ted Leonsis, the team’s principal owner, and General Manager Ernie Grunfeld are going to have some ’splainin’ to do.
“Hey, we had some good years there: When Gil was healthy, Caron [Butler] and Antawn [Jamison] were clicking and we had some nice pieces, man. That place was loud,” Haywood said, reminiscing around 2 a.m. in his hotel room. “I don’t know what to tell you. We were getting there. But it wasn’t meant to be.”
The problem with the NBA in Washington for good parts of three decades now is it never seems like it’s meant to be. That feeling is getting so old. Like, Wes Unseld-old.
For Mike Wise’s previous columns, visit washingtonpost.com/wise.