“The Wizards (3-20) are running out of reasons for optimism, with losses mounting along with a steadily increasing collection of battered and bruised players,” Michael Lee wrote this week.
It was a line that caught Tony Kornheiser’s eye.
“This is so fabulous,” he said on his ESPN 980 show. “Running OUT of reasons for optimism? WHAT? What? They’re running out of reasons? How dare they be optimistic, at any point this season? NOW they’re running out of reasons, at 3-20, for optimism? They’re terrible. They are absolutely terrible.”
And that’s hardly the owner’s only positive pixels of the season. Let me present further reasons for optimism.
* “I like our effort and teamwork. The players have high levels of dedication and character and are working hard. They have remained confident in themselves and that is all positive.”
* “Good to see the players staying positive during negative times.”
* “I am proud of the way the team handled all of the negativity and the pixels thrown their way; it was a very tough onslaught – but the players and coaches remained steadfast and positive and upbeat.”
* “What I am most impressed with to date is the character of the team. They are serious, professional, hardworking and they really care about the team, the fans and want to win. There is no blame, no finger pointing and no selfishness. We have good people in our locker room. They have remained positive and are all coachable and are in it together.”
* “I am happy that the team isn’t down on themselves. They compete and play hard always. We don’t grade on effort, but work ethic and character are important to us for the rest of this season if we are to turn things around.”
* “The group remains quite positive and committed to one another.”
Sounds like about the best attitude for a 3-20 team in NBA history.
Kornheiser, though, does not appear satisfied with public assertions of positivity.
“At what point does the owner of the Washington Wizards do SOMETHING That indicates to the people in this city that he’s aware of what’s going on and is determined to make it better?” Kornheiser asked. “The only reasonable conclusion you can draw is that he doesn’t want to spend the money on buying out these people who are not performing to the level that he wishes they were. This is a guy who, when he came to town and got involved with the Capitals, was incredibly enthusiastic, overspent on guys like Jaromir Jagr at peoples’ urging like me – I was completely wrong. But then he did, he found Ovechkin, he built something consequential, paid Ovechkin. You don’t get any sense of him even being here [now], no sense of him being in town.”
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