“I’m happy to see him step up in that light,” Butler said. “He’s the face of the franchise. He’s the guy, and it’s about time that talk be coming out of his mouth. I’m happy to see that.”
That type of approach out of the entire roster will go a long way to the Wizards regaining their playoff form next season, Jamison said. But he hopes they can take it a step further.
“Hands down this is a playoff-caliber team; it’s just a matter of if we can just get everybody healthy,” he said. “But the question is going to be, ‘Is this a championship-caliber team?’ We have the talent. We’ll have a pretty high draft pick. … Are we going to be the type of team that is happy to be in the playoffs or really come out of the East and contend?
“We’ve got the coach of the future, and we kinda got that out of the way, and we already know what that’s going to be like. Now it’s just about working hard, making a couple of moves and getting some more veterans on the team and so forth and just taking it from there.”
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