Wizards Environment Led to Poor Start?
The Eastern Conference assistant general manager mentioned how the Portland teams of the early 2000s were loaded with talent but never won because they didn’t have an environment conducive to winning.
He added that teams such as San Antonio have succeeded while not always having access to the best talent because they have stability and leadership. “If the environment is pretty solid, guys tend to be solid, no matter what their draft status is. You throw Tony Parker into the Wizards’ situation, and he was 18 coming out, he might not be Tony Parker right now,” he said.
The Eastern Conference scout said even if the Wizards were stockpiled with young lottery talent, the team would experience some growing pains. “It takes a while. Look at Minnesota. All they have are lottery picks all over their roster and they are just now starting to reap some of the benefits. So it is a process. But should [Washington] be 0-8 and losing by  to Minnesota? No. There’s still some issues there.”
The Eastern Conference assistant general manager said the Wizards’ rough start to the season shouldn’t come as a surprise. “It was dead before it started,” he said.