SNIDER: Leonsis needs to fulfill his promise

Rick Snider
March 25, 2019 - 11:48 am

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When Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is talking about how great another team’s player is, you know the Wizards have crashed and burned. Leonsis is merely stalling over the one decision he must make – fire Ernie Grunfeld.

Leonsis has done everything possible not to dismiss the NBA’s worst general manager, whose only super power is cleaning up messes he made himself. Otherwise, it’s just persistent tales of misery with this guy.

Fortunately, the Wizards are forcing Leonsis to do what’s right. After four straight losses, Washington is 30-44 and three teams back of the East’s last playoff spot with eight games remaining. It would take a miracle for the Wizards to make the playoffs and that was always Leonsis’ bar for Grunfeld staying.

Do what’s right, Ted.

You promised to do the right thing if the team didn’t make the playoffs. You said there would be a “no excuses mantra.” That means not blaming John Wall’s injury.

Leonsis is the most popular sports owner in town, which isn’t a hard competition between Redskins owner Dan Snyder and reclusive Nationals owner Ted Lerner. But “Uncle Teddy” will squander all his good will after the Stanley Cup championship victory last year with his Capitals if he doesn't fire Grunfeld.

The Wizards were a bad franchise long before Grunfeld. They haven’t been any good since 1979 following a great decade of the ’70s when they won the 1978 title and reached four finals. But since Grunfeld’s arrival in 2003, Washington has one measly division title and four first-round playoff wins.

Nowadays, the Wizards look lost. Grunfeld isn’t the answer. Do the right thing, Ted, and fire Grunfeld, or forever lose your credibility.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks.