Only a few seats down from the Washington Wizards' bench, owner Ted Leonsis sat courtside with Nationals owner Mark Lerner as his team hosted the
Lerner has already built a franchise from the bottom up, invigorated a fan base, and brought hope for a brighter future for baseball in this area. Leonsis' plans to do the same with his local basketball team appear to be stuck in neutral or headed in reverse, depending on your perspective.
Stone-faced as he looked on until the bitter end, Leonsis witnessed a Spurs clinic in ball movement, precision and execution as his team fumbled and folded in its most lopsided loss of the season, 118-92. He trailed the players as they headed through the tunnel, walking off the court to a chorus of boos.
"We got beat by a team that I'd like someday for us to be able to play like," coach
The Wizards also joined the
"That's how the game was invented, to play and have fun. You can tell they are having fun," rookie guard
"You see us, we're down. We're moping. We're pouting. We're not together as a unit and things need to change."
This wasn't supposed to be the season that the Wizards shattered franchise futility marks and struggled mightily just to claim one victory. But they had little chance to get their first win with
Wittman said Nene, who missed three months of action and is using his comeback to regain his conditioning, was too sore after logging 29 minutes in a double-overtime loss to the
"In this locker room, this is what we have. We can't look to anywhere for help,"
"Our all-around effort was not up to par. We have to be better. There is no excuses, nothing I can say. Guys continued to play hard, but overall, it was embarrassing."
The Wizards lost their previous two games to Atlanta and Charlotte by a combined three points and neither loss was determined until after regulation.
None of the Wizards' previous 11 losses had been by more than 16 points, but point guard
They were simply overmatched against San Antonio (12-3), which has won four in a row overall. The Wizards had a little inside information on the Spurs, with new assistant Don Newman having spent the previous seven years in San Antonio and winning two championships.
But even the added support could not help them slow down a machine that got 32 assists on 45 field goals and had seven different players score in double figures.