Leonsis said on Wednesday that keeping team management in place has been part of his “plan” since becoming the Wizards’ majority owner in 2010. Such a plan, so far, has failed to pay off.
When Brooks was introduced Wednesday, there were repeated mentions of Porter and Oubre, two long-limbed and ongoing questions for the Wizards. Brooks thinks both can be large contributors.
Brooks joins a club that has not been seen around the city in quite some time, with the Redskins and Capitals recently reaching the playoffs and the Nationals seemingly back on their way.
Brooks was introduced as the Wizards’ next coach on Wednesday, with owner Ted Leonsis and general manager Ernie Grunfeld saying that he was the “perfect coach for our situation.”
Brooks, 50, reached an agreement on the terms of a contract to become the Wizards’ coach last week, and that contract was finally signed by both parties on Tuesday.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NASCAR chairman Brian France each have rebuked North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom law,” putting their organizations’ weight and money behind their stances.
Curry, who missed the first two games of the Warriors’ first-round playoff series against the Rockets with a sprained right ankle, would be out until at least the middle of the next round.
Brooks, who spent six full seasons as the coach of the Thunder before being fired after the 2014-15 season, will replace Wittman, who was fired after the Wizards missed the playoffs last week.
Nene was acquired by the Wizards at the start of their turnaround in 2012. During his four-plus seasons, he added a different level of intensity and leadership than the Wizards had previously.
Beal played only 55 games this past season, one fewer than his rookie year, and his contract will expire this summer, forcing the Wizards to assess his value despite injuries.
The Wizards fired Wittman on Wednesday after they missed the playoffs for the first time in three years. They will likely add someone with a more easygoing demeanor who can address the defense.
Wittman thanked the front office and his staff, plus apologized to fans, saying he understood the Wizards did not live up to expectations this season.