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“I think as the season wound down, we had a little dysfunction at times within our roster,” Hammond said. “I think we’ve rectified that. At the end of the day, I’m hoping to have a team that’s going to play hard, compete and enjoy playing with each other.”

But. can this group win? Hammond certainly thinks so.

“Some people use words like tanking but we’re in no way in that mode,” Hammond said. “We’re trying to remain competitive and I think we can be but we really want to start focusing on the youth and start talking about things like a championship-caliber team and building around our young players. I think they can develop into a core like that.”