As we enter Wednesday's action and the team's pairing with the Orlando Magic, the Washington Wizards remain the NBA's lone winless team. The squad's body language hasn't been great, they've been laughed at by more than a few Twitter wonks due to the team's lack of heady play, and they've even gotten an innocent man chucked from a game due to a "technical glitch."
And rookie Czech Republic native Jan Vesely, he of the absolutely zero minutes played this season due to a bum hip, seems to have cut straight to the core of the Wiz through some hesitant English. As quoted by the Washington Post's Michael Lee:
"It's tough to sit on the bench and see the players, they are playing and they are playing bad," Vesely said. "Of course, I want to try to help the team."
No, Vesely isn't calling his teammates "bad." He's just telling Lee that his teammates have been "playing bad." It's me that is saying that Vesely's teammates are "bad."
It's early, of course, and nobody expected the Wizards (who made absolutely no moves of significance during the offseason, save for picking up rookies in Vesely and Chris Singleton), to come anywhere near the playoffs this season. This team is rebuilding, and rightfully so. They've cast off this year in anticipation of more high draft picks and incoming cap relief.
Even with those lowered expectations in place, though, few anticipated John Wall starting off his second season with a 31.7 percent shooting mark over his first five games, to go along with 4.4 turnovers a contest. And, really, turnovers aren't the issue with Wall; it's how he sometimes looks like a sort of observer of his own awarded team at times.
Nobody expected the team to be shooting below 40 percent, not with all those offense-first minds both on the bench and in the rotation, and few could have expected the crew to be outrebounded by 10 per game and beaten by an average of 12 points (the most telling stat) after five contests. Nobody expected a team full of shoot-first guys to be ranked 30th out of 30 NBA teams in offensive efficiency.
Not a whole lot of fun for Wizards fans, who have been through absolutely too much since the team's NBA title in 1978. At least they can rally behind the fact that Colin Cowherd remains an absolute, unmitigated tool.