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News » Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-05-31

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-05-31

Washington Wizards Getting Inside 2009-05-31
After authoring a hideous regular season that couldn't end soon enough, the Wizards hoped that the NBA Draft Lottery would bring them some form of relief with a pick among the first two.

But it was not to be. The Wizards will pick fifth, with no shot at adding a franchise player to a team that has three All-Stars.

The Wizards had hoped to land Blake Griffin, Ricky Rubio or maybe even Hasheem Thabeet. Instead, the lottery dealt them the cruelest blow. The Wizards fell as low as they possibly could have fallen.

Team president Ernie Grunfeld tried to put the best face on it.

"There are a lot of good players in this draft," Grunfeld said. "We're in a good spot to get a good player or to possibly use that player in a good trade. We feel comfortable with the fifth pick, but we're going to explore our options."

New coach Flip Saunders is also optimistic.

"The good news is that the four teams that pick before us are in the Western Conference. So we've got a chance to at least get the best (rookie) player in the Eastern Conference," Saunders said.

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: The most intriguing moment of the season came when team president Ernie Grunfeld pulled the trigger and fired Eddie Jordan after the team got off to a 1-10 start. Jordan, who coached the team into the playoffs for the previous four seasons, began the season with his hands tied without injured Arenas and Brendan Haywood.

TURNING POINT: The season began miserably with a 1-10 start and deteriorated progressively. Ed Tapscott was tabbed to take over the team's coaching job to keep the seat warm until the team could find a suitable replacement.

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