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This would all be disheartening if there was some sort of realistic chance that the Wizards would someday become the San Antonio Spurs or the Cleveland Cavaliers, with Gilbert leading them.

But that’s not going to happen, and I don’t know who is to blame for that. The Wizards had little choice but to sign Gilbert to his $111 million contract last year. He was their bonafide star, and there were little, if any, other options.

But that deal meant the Wizards were signing up for the Gilbert show, which does not lead to an NBA championship. So why not start the show again Saturday night?