Phase 2 of the Wizards' rebuild

Phase 2 of the Wizards' rebuild
December 2, 2011, 4:43 pm
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At times last season, Wizards basketball was tough to stomach, but as team officials made very clear it was a rebuilding project and there were going to be some serious growing pains. The 23-59 record reflected the struggles.

But that's ancient history with a new season waiting in the wings as the next chapter of the rebuild is set to begin.

President Ernie Grunfeld hopes the Wizards can continue to execute the rebuild plan with a youthful roster and simply just get better this upcoming season.

"We want to see our young players who were with us last year improve and incorporate the new young players into what we are trying to do," said Grunfeld. "We knew this was a process when we started this whole thing, but we want to see improvement as the season goes along and we want to see high energy level and a competitive nature on a nightly basis."

That's something the Wizards did not do last season -- bring it every game. Who can forget that 3-38 record on the road?

"We are prepared with a young team," Grunfeld said. "Player development is very important and putting structure in place for our young players is very important."

The young catalyst for the Wizards is point guard John Wall who is a superstar-in- waiting after a very good rookie season.

"John loves to play, loves to compete and he has gotten bigger and he has worked hard on his shot this summer," Grunfeld said.

Wizards' brass will get their first real look at Wall and the rest of the team when training camp opens December 9.