The Washington Times - April 22, 2011, 09:29AM

In a difficult and trying season that saw numerous lineup changes, a slew of injuries and woeful record of 23-59, Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld believed that through it all, the fans stuck by the team, and took a moment to say thanks.

“I think our fans at the end of the season were tremendous. When they saw effort, and they saw our guys compete, and they saw that they cared and they laid their hearts out, our fans were extremely supportive,” Grunfeld said.

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“I think the fans that are supporting us understand what we’re trying to do. They’re buying into the process of rebuilding, but at the same time they want to see the players improve, and I think the fans get enjoyment out of that.”

“When they see a player get better and better, when they see us competing or they see beating a Boston, or going right down to the wire against teams like Miami, because it shows that we have potential down the road that hopefully we can do it on a nightly basis.”

“But we want to thank our fans, they’ve been extremely supportive; they came out at the end of the season and not only came out, they really supported us,” Grunfeld said.