At 14-23 and nearing the halfway point of the season, the Washington Wizards were amid a disappointing campaign that likely did not have a playoff appearance coming.
The news that All-Star point guard John Wall will undergo season-ending surgery on his left heel is a merciful resolution to a season marked by underachieving players and frustration with the front office and coaching staffs.
The angst surrounding this season dissipated with the Wall news, and the Wizards now can play out the schedule minus the daily scrutiny over a season gone awry.
The Wizards can focus on other things besides the playoffs:
Figuring out who is part of the future, even if it means trades.
The draft, including a likely lottery pick who can contribute immediately.
Who runs the front office and coaches the team next season.
Let’s take them one by one.
It’s time for more minutes for rookie forward Troy Brown, second-year center Thomas Bryant, second-year guard Chasson Randle, third-year forward Sam Dekker and third-year guard Tomas Satoransky.