2016 Free Agency Is Proof That Wizards Must Fire Ernie Grunfeld

I was one of two people with signs at the Verizon Center for the Wizard’s final game home game of the regular season.  The Wizards were already eliminated from the playoffs, rendering the game essentially meaningless, and the four best players on our squad were in street clothes.  Still, I believed the game would be memorable in that it was to be Coach Randy Wittman’s last, and I came with a sign in hand to heckle Randy as we saw him out the door.  There was a guy a few sections to my right with a sign of his own, with a lot of words that were hard to read from a distance.  I eventually made my way over to him on my way back from the Chickfila stand so that we could share signs and misery with one another.  When I got closer I saw that on his sign he had written an entire paragraph explaining why GM Ernie Grunfeld should be fired, culminating with a bolded “Fire Ernie!”  While I could certainly empathize with this sentiment, I was content with just getting rid of the coach.  But after the past two days of his gross mishandling of NBA free agency, it is clear that Ernie Grunfeld, probably even more than Randy ever did, needs to be fired from the Washington Wizards.

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Seriously, how is Ernie Grunfeld allowed anywhere near the Verizon Center, much less in his thirteenth year of being paid to be the Wizards general manager?  To say that Ernie has had a suspect track record in DC is being extremely generous.  This is the man who built those #soWizards teams that went 117-277 over five years and were crucial to Shaqtin A Fool’s initial success.  Here is the guy who took a team one broken wrist away from the Conference Finals and parlayed that into a disappointing 41 win season.  Literally the only thing that Ernie has to hang his hat on is that the basketball gods blessed him with a top pick in the 2010, and that he managed not to fuck it up by not picking the consensus number one player.  Up until this point, Ernie and Ted may have been able to gloss over their failures over the past few years to surround John Wall with better talent by pointing to their plans for the free agency of summer 2016.  But now that most of that has passed us by and left our roster looking more barren than ever, it’s time to wonder if there’s more to the story than Grunfeld not being able to attract star players to DC.  Maybe Ernie Grunfeld is the reason that NBA players don’t want to come to DC in the first place.

For us Wizards fans, this free agency has been like a dud firework.  We’ve been refreshing our Twitter accounts and monitoring ESPN waiting for big explosions headlines of big name signings.  Instead, those dreams all fizzled, a when the smoke cleared, all we were left with was a backup center for $16M per year in Ian Mahinmi.  Is that what Ernie’s been making us wait for these past few years?  Is that why he didn’t make any of the potential big moves that would’ve kept us from wasting a year of John Wall’s youth?

I think the biggest indictment on Grunfeld is that Kevin Durant didn’t even want to waste his time meeting with him.  Ernie spent two plus years getting the roster and salary cap ready to make a run at KD, only for Kevin to feel he already knew enough about the man to know that he had no shot at building a real winner.  What does that say about Ernie’s ability as a GM?  To bring big-time stars to DC we need front office personnel who can convince those stars that they can win in a Wizards jersey. But even before that, we need to secure meetings with those stars so that we can have the chance to present them our case.  Ernie couldn’t even clear the initial hurdle, despite the fact that KD is from the area and has Maryland tatted across his back.  Whether or not you agree with his past picks and trades (why the hell would you agree with them though??), the fact that this GM can’t bring anybody to play in DC proves that he should not be the GM in DC.  Sure, people can point fingers at the fans if they want, as has been done.  But aren’t even those disengaged fans a product of the abysmal teams that Ernie has sent out on the floor over the past decade?

David Aldridge tweeted that Al Horford had been leaning towards DC and might have chosen the Wizards had he made a decision on Friday night.  The only way I can interpret that is that any player who thinks about it long enough will clearly realize that any team managed by Ernie Grunfeld will never yield much more than a paycheck.  And if you think about it long enough, it makes perfect sense.  The Wizards have been synonymous with failure and disappointment for most of the past decade.  The one constant over that span: Ernie Grunfeld.  If we want to turn around the culture, turn around the fanbase, and ultimately turn around the team fortune, then we have to turn over the keys of the franchise to someone new.  All the free agents of 2016 realized this, now it’s time for Ted to get a clue.  Fire Ernie!!

Fan Challenge: Who’s Got the Dopest DC Basketball Jersey Collection?

Yesterday I got a new John Wall 2016 All-Star jersey in the mail in time for the last home game of the season.  That brings my collection to nine jerseys, most of which I think are pretty dope.  This got me thinking, what Wizards fan out there has the best DC-exclusive jersey collection?  Check out my growing collection below, and let’s see who can top it.

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Jersey Descriptions: (Clockwise from top right corner)

John Wall Home White– This is the obviously the cornerstone of any fan collection: the home jersey of the franchise player.  I got this badboy as a Christmas present from my parents back when the team first changed its colors.

Kevin Durant USA– The #KD2DC dream isn’t dead yet! I’ve worn this jersey to two OKC games at the Verizon Center and pretty much every Fourth of July since 2012.

John Wall Rookie Road Throwback– I wasn’t a big fan of these colors, but you can’t go wrong with a jersey from John’s rookie season.  This one is a good choice for a Throwback Thursday.

Wes Unseld Bullets Road Mitchell & Ness– These are my favorite jerseys in the franchise history.  The blue on these is super clean, the Bullets logo is fresh, and it’s a throwback to the team’s one championship trophy.  I was really lucky to find this jersey for cheap o Ebay.

John Wall 2016 East All-Star– This team has one All Star, so it’s cool to give him props by rocking his All-Star jersey.  The jersey itself is not terribly good-looking, but this one is clearly better than John’s 2014 and 2015 All-Star jerseys, which were hideous and bland, respectively.

JR Wizards Rec League(reversible)- I’m not exactly sure where I got this.  I actually think my mom bought this from a thrift store or else it was handed down to me from a cousin.  In either case, I’ve been balling in this for years and like to pretend that I played for the JR Wizards Rec League.

Michael Jordan Wizards Road– Like every other male my age, I was obsessed with MJ as a kid.  And when he came to the Wizards is when I really became a fan of the team.  I got the jersey along with tickets to my first NBA game for my birthday when I was in sixth grade, and I probably wore this once a week for the full year following that.  Today, I have mixed feelings about Jordan’s legacy as a Wizard, but it’s almost required to have for any Wizards jersey collection.

Nene Brazil National Team– To be honest, this is just a generic Brazil jersey and it’s not even Nene’s number when he plays for the National team.  But nobody knows that, and I’m going to get his name screen-pressed onto the back anyway.  This is going to be a great wear if we ever get a game on St. Patty’s Day and when I visit my classmate in Brazil.

Chris Webber Bullets Road– Chris Webber doesn’t have much of a legacy as a Wizards player, but he actually was one of my favorite players when he played for the Kings.  This jersey is pretty good looking too with the bright red.  I had a choice of picking up Webber’s jersey with #2 or #4.  I went with #2 as a homage to the WallStar.

Next Up:

My next jersey purchases (if my fiancé doesn’t read this and stop me), is a Marcin Gortat Road jersey, a Bradley Beal alternate blue jersey, and a Gilbert Arenas Zephyrs Throwback.  After that, I’ll feel like I have a pretty complete collection.

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Mr. Brightside: Reasons To Stay Positive Despite a Gloomy Season

Even though the Wizards aren’t yet mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, the current mood of Wizards fans is somewhere between depressed and suicidal.  Everywhere you look, on #WizardsTwitter, Facebook fan groups, Wizards blogs, or the team subreddit, fans are calling for the heads of management, threatening ending their fandom, and writing off our young stars. This is understandable after a season that started with great expectations but is ending with large regressions.  Even I, who recently put out ideas for coping with the pain, am having trouble not hopping on the bandwagon of dismay.   But I think it’s gone too far.  Being a fan is supposed to be about having fun.  And there’s a risk that this negativity will carry into next season and divide our fan base.  So in the interest of sending out some positive vibes, here are some reasons we Wizards fans should still be looking on the bright side:

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Washington Wizards’ John Wall, left, and Bradley Beal poses for a photographer during NBA basketball media day at the Verizon Center in Washington, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

We have young stars: John Wall will be 26 at the start of next season and Bradley Beal will be 23.  Both players have a lot of room to grow, but they also have time to get there.  Hopefully after this year of disappointment they’ll attack the offseason with a invigorated spirit and come back next season as better players and leaders.

We’ve been through much worse: In times like these it’s helpful to have some perspective. This season has surely been letdown, but at least we have expectations at all.  Just a few years ago, our season was over before the All Star break each year and there was no reason to watch a Wizards game in April except for Shaqtin A Fool moments.  Personally, I’d rather experience a disappointment than be numb to losing altogether.

Next season will be the pivotal year: Ernie’s plan (if you can call it that) was always to position the team to make big moves this summer.  This past season was a bridge year.  Obviously, it would’ve been better to win in the interim, but at least there’s hope that we bring in a few big name free agents and arm the team for next year.

We still have great playoff basketball to watch: There’s nothing better than watching your team in an NBA playoff series.  But if you can’t have that, the next best thing is competitive and interesting playoff series.  With the Warriors, Spurs, Thunder, and Cavaliers, there are surely going to be some good games to watch and riveting storylines to digest.

This is a short list and I’ll admit that it was hard to even come up with these four things to be positive about.  Still, the point is that we should stay positive and enjoy our team.  We’re not moving on to the playoffs like we expected, but can still have fun pulling for our squad in these last few games.  I have seats in the section behind the Wizards bench for the final game against Atlanta, and I was seriously tempted to come with a sign calling out Randy and prepared to boo.  But that’s not the type of fan I want to be.  Instead, I’m bringing a positive attitude and a sign to congratulate John on a good individual season.  That’s what we’re supposed to do as fans: be supportive of our team through the good AND the bad.

 

What have they done with G-Man? #freeGMan

At the Verizon Center for a recent Wizards game, I found it odd that G-Wiz was leading the crowd in the “De-fense” chant in the fourth quarter.  Not only because G-Wiz was horribly offbeat as he banged the drum, but also because that job is usually reserved for G-Man, the more serious Wizards mascot.  When I thought about it, I couldn’t remember the last time I saw G-Man, though I’ve been to at least 12 games this season.  Something is definitely up.

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Looking through G-Wiz’s social media accounts, which he officially shares with G-Man, G-Man is surprisingly absent.  He last tweeted from the account before the season and he’s not in any pictures since then.  I remember seeing him at the arena on opening night, but I haven’t seen him at any games since then.  It’s also peculiar that G-Wiz has taken over his chant-leading duties, and that the Secret Service Dunkers are now performing without their leader.

G-Man is the perfect complement to the goofy G-Wiz.  While G-Wiz dresses up silly and picks fights with Robin Lopez, G-Man is all about business.  His toned physique reveals his discipline, and he must be one of only a few mascots that can do flip dunks.  Just two years ago, G-Man reached peak awareness, when he helped John Wall take home the Dunk Contest trophy.  And now he’s nowhere to found.

What’s behind this? Is G-Man being phased out of the organization?   Is he beefing with G-Wiz?  Is he in Randy Wittman’s doghouse?  Is in Oklahoma actively recruiting Kevin Durant? Is Robin Lopez holding him hostage? Is Ted Leonsis refusing to pay his salary? We need to start asking these questions before it’s too late and we never see G-Man again.  #freeGMan

How to Cope With the End of Another #soWizards Season

After another heartbreaking and incomprehensible loss last Friday, it is time for us Wizards fans to accept our inevitable fate.  In a few weeks’ time, we’ll be watching our team’s performance in the draft lottery rather than in the first round of the NBA playoffs.  The first step to recovery is acceptance, and while we may have been trying to delude ourselves into believing we could turn things around, it’s better to now move on and begin the healing process.  But after a season of anguishing over every win and loss, how does a fan flip the switch from passionate engagement to indifferent detachment? In my experience this can be extremely difficult, especially when there are still games left to be played.  Here are some tips for dealing with the pain:

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Don’t dwell: Again, the first step to recovery is accepting the facts and admitting that you’re powerless to control the situation.  So, even though the Wizards aren’t yet mathematically eliminated, and even though Detroit still has a tough schedule to close out the season, we have to come to terms with the fact that we’re not making the playoffs regardless.  Even if we do miraculously go on an 8 game win streak, we all know that’s just a setup for us to lose by 30 in the season finale and miss the playoffs by a game.  It’s better to move on now then to keep tormenting ourselves with revitalized hopes that only turn into dashed dreams.

Along with this, it’s important not to dwell on how close we came or how things could have been different.  Sure, a handful of made free throws here or there could have us in the driver seat for a playoff spot.  But reminiscing on those close calls isn’t going to change the box score, and will only serve to torment you further.  Instead, let it go; clear your mind of what could have, would have, or should have been.

Look For Silver Linings: Another key to staying positive despite the abysmal results of this season is to look for a silver lining.  In the case of the Wizards, the biggest positive of this season will be us firing Randy Wittman.  Wittman has done a good job in resurrecting the team from being the laughingstock of the league, but the time has come for him to go.  The players clearly are no longer responding to him, and the team is underachieving under his guidance.  While Wittman has been a good stopgap, the team will never reach its ultimate goal with him at the head.  Had the Wizards made the playoffs, Ted Leonsis might have convinced himself that three consecutive postseason berths warranted keeping, or worse yet, extending Randy’s contract.  From that perspective, if the cost of getting rid of Randy Wittman was missing the playoffs, then maybe this poor season was worth it.

Retroactively Revise Your Preseason Projections: Comparing where the Wizards are now to where we thought they’d end up back at the beginning of the season puts into perspective how much of a colossal let-down this year has truly been.  To minimize your misery, it’s probably best to wipe these expectations from your memory, or even go a step further and misremember them as being lower.  Looking back through my Twitter feed, I honestly thought this team would win 51 games this year, a heart-breaking fact.  For purposes of consoling myself, I’m changing that number to 41.  Now, looking from the through the eyes of a fan expecting 41 wins, this season wasn’t such an epic failure and only moderately disappointing.  I’m feeling better already.

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Conveniently Forget  How Much Trash You’ve Talked:  If you’re like me, you talk a lot of trash to other NBA fans during the regular season.  All year long I was bragging about every win, telling everyone how much better the WizKids were than their team, and insisting we’d turn the season around despite our poor record.  Now that our season is effectively over, it’s time to do a complete 180: keep quiet, avoid any basketball conversations with those same fans you shit-talked, and pretend like you never cared in the first place.  There’s no good comeback when your team is losing, so it’s best to keep your mouth shut.

This season, my good friend and Hornets fan has been a primary target of shit-talk. Every day I had a smart comment for her about Jeremy Lin’s stupid hair or an insulting hashtag.  But now that they’re surging and we’re sucking, she’d be lucky to get two words out of me about NBA basketball.  I’m just going to lie low and wait until next season tips off, when I’ll be right back running my mouth off in her ear with several months’ worth of new jokes and insults.

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Look to play spoiler: Now that we’ve fallen dramatically short of our aspirations, the only way to still watch Wizards games without being completely depressed is to root for our team to ruin other teams’ aspirations.  If we can’t have things, then no one can.  Root for upsets, spoilers, and streak busters.  This gives us a reason to stay engaged in rooting for the Wizards to win these last few games.  And the more bitter we can make other fan bases, the better.  Let’s embarrass Kobe in one of the final home games of his career. Let’s end the Warrior’s home win streak and hurt their bid at the regular season record.  Let’s spoil Blake Griffin’s return to the Clippers.  Let’s keep the Hornets from winning home court advantage for the playoffs, and then let’s do the same thing to the Hawks.

Enjoy Clearance Sales on Merchandise: The end of the season is always a good time to buy team apparel and merchandise for cheap, and with the Wizards missing the playoffs we can expect especially good sales.  Retail stores in DC don’t routinely stock up on Wizards gear, and they’ve only recently increased inventory now that football is over and the NBA playoffs are almost set to begin.  But with our season coming to an abrupt halt, retailers are going to have to offer massive discounts to sell off their Wizards stuff to clear their shelves in time for Nationals season.  As fans that support the team even when they’re not trending, this is an opportunity to pick up Wizards swag for pennies on the dollar.  Just try not to buy gear branded for players who might not be here next year.

Attend the Last Home Game and Bring a Good Sign: The regular season home finale is always a fun game to go to.  But when your team is certain to miss the playoffs, attendance at this game is essentially mandatory.  There won’t be Wizards basketball for six plus months, so take advantage of this final opportunity to watch the team.  Being at the final game also lets you get some closure on the season.  This is where you demonstrate your love (or hate) for different stakeholders in the organization.  I’ll be there to boo Randy Wittman one last time during his introduction, and to give John a standing ovation when he comes out of the game for the final time this season.  What will make this experience even better is bringing a well-constructed and carefully thought-out sign that sums up your feelings to the whole stadium.  Personally I’m working on several ideas (stay tuned for more.)

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This Wizards season sucked.  That’s plain and simple and there’s no other way to look at it.  The only thing we can do is make the best of what we’ve been given and squeeze whatever fun we can out of these last few games.  These steps won’t make the season any less depressing, but they’ll help us Wizards fans come to grips with our sad reality and move forward.  Until next year, when we’ll probably do the same thing all over again.

Remaining Schedules of 4 Teams Fighting for Last East Playoff Spots

The WizKids took a really tough loss tonight and now sit 2.5 games outside of the 8th spot.  But there’s still a glimmer of hope.  Here are the remaining schedules of the 4 teams vying for the last two playoffs spot in the East.

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And here are the current standings:

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Of all four teams, we have perhaps the easiest schedule, as well as the tiebreaker over the Pistons and Bulls.  Plus, we can win a game back from the Pistons on 4/8.  So, it’s certainly going to be tough, but its not yet time to give up hope on the season.  #dcRising

Wizards Economics 101: Season Tickets Are an Unconsciously Bad Investment

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I’ve been a member of the DC 12 Club, more commonly known as Washington Wizards season ticket holders, for the past two seasons.  With the playoffs approaching, it’s now time to decide whether I’ll opt into a third year of buying tickets to 41 NBA basketball games at the Verizon Center.  Every week my inbox is filling up with deadline reminders from my guest services specialist and renewal sweepstakes promotions from the Monumental sales staff.  I’m easily the biggest Wizards fan I know personally, but after two years of loyal patronage, it has become glaringly obvious that purchasing Wizards season tickets is a horrible investment.

I first purchased season tickets two years ago in the middle of the Wizards playoff series win against the Chicago Bulls.  What most appealed to me about signing up for the commitment was that season ticket holders were guaranteed cheap prices for the duration of the playoffs.  I was predicting a second-round win against Indiana and a run to the Eastern Conference Finals, so this was too good of a deal to pass up.  Instead, the season ended with me witnessing three home playoff losses to the Pacers and drunkenly heckling Ted Leonsis at the conclusion of Game 6.  Still, I was excited for the upcoming season and I had a strategy to recoup most of the season ticket costs.  After a year where I attended 13 games and almost broke even on the resale market, I re-upped for another year of season tickets.  The price had jumped almost 33%, but the WizKids were surging again and I was sure another deep run into the playoffs would help me offset some of those higher costs and increase the resale value for the upcoming season.  Again our season ended with me drunk at a Game 6 at the Verizon Center, but this time it wouldn’t be filled with a season where I made a good return on my season tickets.

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I’m told I have about a week to decide on whether or not to renew my season tickets.  The first year it was an easy choice to sign up for tickets.  Last year, I mulled over the decision and went back and forth before ultimately opting to renew.  This year, it was an easy “No, thank you.”  Let’s walk through the decision making process:

Rising Prices: When I first purchased Wizards season ticket for the 2014-2015 NBA season, my two tickets in section 117 (lower level behind the basket) were priced at $35/game for a season total of $2,975.  The next year, for the 2015-2016 season, the prices jumped 33% to $46/ticket for a season total of $3,950.  At that time, I could reasonably justify the price hike with the team’s progression, consecutive years with a good playoff run, and the promise that resale prices on regular season games would continue to rise.  This year, prices for the same seats have risen another 8% to $4,250, even though the team has struggled all year to remain competitive.  Of course, Ted Leonsis is running a business, and having a monopoly on NBA tickets in Washington, DC, he can set the prices however he sees fit.  But, as I’ve seen over two years, this owner is getting greedy and clearly setting the season ticket price above market value.

Resale Prices:  Most season ticket holders buy tickets not expecting to attend all 41 home games.  My strategy when I first signed up was to sell tickets to most big ticket games in order to recoup a majority of the costs.  As a real Wizards fan, I attend games to watch the home team, and I can have fun at every game, regardless of the opponent.  For the 2014-2015 season, I sold tickets on Stubhub, and even after attending 13 games, I made back $2,850 of the $3,000 season ticket cost on the resale market. 13 games for an average $6 per ticket was a steal.  But for this past season, I’ve only made back $2,500 on the resale market while attending or giving away tickets to 11 games.  This happened even after the switch to NBA Ticket Exchange, which yields higher payouts for the seller as compared to StubHub.  Unlike the previous season, I went to none of the top-ten marquee games, and found myself unable to attend, sell, or give away tickets on five different occasions.  The $50/ticket for game attended I’ve paid this year was higher than the season ticket price, and an even worse deal considering how much I would have saved by buying the same tickets on the resale market.  The rising season ticket price only makes the deal worse.  Below is the summary of what I’ve done with  season tickets thus far this year.

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It is clear that no matter how many Wizards games you envision yourself attending, it is always better to buy your tickets on an individual game basis.  Even though you’ll save money on the big-ticket games, those savings will be offset by all the games that the market determines are worth only a fraction of the season ticket prices.  For the amount of money I spent on Wizards tickets this year, by buying on resale tickets I could have seen the Wizards take on the Cavs, Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Bulls, Cavs again, Clippers, Thunder, Kobe Bryant, and the Raptors.  That’s an incredible lineup of games considering the games that I actually went to.

Playoff Tickets: The biggest perk of being a DC 12 Club member is that you are guaranteed tickets to all playoff games at a very reasonable price (My lower level tickets were about $50/game for each seat.)  Obviously, playoff tickets go for much more on the resale market, and this can yield a lot of value whether you resell your tickets or decide to attend the games.  The farther the team goes, the more value you accrue as a ticket holder.  Admittedly, this was the major selling point for me when I first purchased season tickets.  As an optimistic fan, I foresaw deep playoff runs and huge resale values for my tickets.  However, the Wizards are currently outside looking in on the playoff picture, and there is a very real chance that purchasing season tickets will return zero playoff tickets.  Even if we (hopefully) squeeze into the last spot, we’ll have a matchup with the Cavaliers that will surely end our season.  The Cavs yield the highest return on tickets of any Eastern Conference foe, and lower level tickets will likely fetch $300 for a pair on the resale market.  Still, this means that the best possible return on playoff tickets is $600, hardly enough to validate buying a season’s worth of tickets.

Free Swag: Another supposed perk of being a DC 12 Club member is that you get awesome and exclusive Wizards swag.  I’ll admit that I love both the Wizards warm-up jacket and gym bag that I received in my two years as a season ticket holder.  But besides those once-a-season gifts, being a ticket holder doesn’t get you much.  You can redeem Monumental Rewards points for gifts and you get 20% off at the Wizards Store at the Verizon Center.  Personally, I can only use so many Wizards bobbleheads or water bottles and I’ve found many options for buying cheaper team apparel and jerseys.  Monumental also offers different opportunities for fan experiences, such as writing your name on the court or allowing you to shoot free throws on post-game.  These opportunities are limited to specific games and are limited in their availability.  In my two seasons as a season ticket holder, I’ve never been able to take advantage of one of these perks because either I was not attending that game, the opportunity was booked, or I was simply was not interested.

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KD2DC?: Buying season tickets could be a good idea if you believe that Kevin Durant will sign with the Wizards this summer, igniting interest in the team and causing resale values to surge.  Obviously, this is a far-fetched proposal at the present time.  Kevin is extremely unlikely to leave a title contender to come to a team that is struggling to make the playoffs.  His last appearance at the Verizon Center surely didn’t help our cause.  Even if KD does shock the world and come home, more than likely you’ll still have a chance to get in on Wizards season tickets.  From last season to this one, many season ticket holders have opted not to renew, and more are likely to do so this year with the higher ticket prices and underachieving team.  This means that when the time comes for Durant to make his decision, there will still be a fair amount of season tickets available and you’ll have a chance to delay your purchase decision until that time.

Bottom Line: In case the above points were not clear enough, let me sum up the morale of this blog post in one sentence: under no circumstances should you purchase Washington Wizards ticket for the 2016-2017 NBA season.  No matter how many games you plan on attending or what your budget is for NBA games, buying individual game tickets on the resale market is always a better financial decision.  Personally, I’ll plan on paying $750-$1,000 for tickets over the course of the season, and try to attend a nice mix of marquee and cheap games.  Weekday games against unpopular teams can be had at great prices, and I’ll likely look to attend 8-10 of these.  That will leave money for a few games against the likes of the Cavs, Warriors, and Spurs, as well as room in the budget to attend some playoff games.

I hope the Wizards are indeed in line for a deep playoff push this season, as well as the addition of the kid from PG.  Even if they are, and especially if they’re not, the simple finances of a being a Wizards season ticket holder dictate that being such for the upcoming season is a very poor financial decision.