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Wall, the Wizards‘ franchise player, hates to lose with a passion. There were nights when the Wizards, 20-46 last season, were so overmatched and outclassed that Wall didn’t know which one of a dozen emotions he felt more strongly.

During his obligatory postgame news conferences, Wall was by turns sad, angry, discouraged, frustrated and shellshocked.

Sometimes, he seemed to be all of those at once.

He held it together as the pressure on him mounted, and he struggled with his growing pains and the increased criticism about his lack of development.

The only thing worse for this franchise than losing the fans would be losing Wall, who is signed through the 2014-15 season and would become an unrestricted free agent before the 2015-16 campaign.

Grunfeld and owner Ted Leonsis have spoken the same words with the same voice so often these past couple of seasons, it’s become difficult to determine which one is articulating “the plan” on any given day - we will build through the draft, develop our young players and get better over time.

You can almost image one of them swinging a shiny gold watch back and forth in front of our eyes as they repeat this mantra.

This offseason, Leonsis has given the green light to Grunfeld and coach Randy Wittman by signing each to a contract extension for the next two seasons. Now, it’s time for the organization to move beyond the loser, laughingstock era.

“I don’t want to be in the lottery anymore,” Leonsis said at a pre-draft news conference. “I would find that unacceptable.”

He’s not the only one.