The Washing Wizards are making changes but not in the coaching department. According to David Aldridge of The Athletic, the Wizards will bring back Scott Brooks in the 2019-20 season.
On Tuesday, the Wizards fired their team president Ernie Grunfeld., who was their president for 16 seasons. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis cited the team’s performance as a reason for Grunfeld’s firing. Tommy Sheppard, their senior vice president, will temporarily fill in as their team president.
The Wizards fired Grunfeld but do not plan to make coaching changes. Their head coach Scott Brooks has been with the team since 2016. He became head coach of the Wizards ion a five-year, $35 million deal.
Brooks also coached the Oklahoma City Thunder prior to joining the Wizards. He has a record of 124-118 in his three seasons with the Wizards. The team has a record 32-46 this season. This is their worst record the Wizards have had under Brooks.
Brooks was surprised by Grunfeld’s firing and discussed his thoughts with The Sports Junkies, a Washington area radio show.
“You know what, I had no clue,” Brooks said, “I don’t think Ernie [Grunfeld] had any clue that this would happen.”
Brooks also took part of the blame for the Wizards’ lackluster season.
“The bottom line is it’s disappointing,” he said. “We all want to be in the playoffs and we’re not there. I feel disappointed that I let a lot of people down, including Ernie.”
The Wizards had an injury-plagued season. Their star guard John Wall had season-ending heel surgery in December. Then, he slipped and fell in his home and ruptured his left Achilles tendon. Wall’s injury impacted the Wizards and made their season even worse.
The Wizards had their share of setbacks but they are a talented team. If the Wizards are healthy and improve team chemistry, they can reach the playoffs once again.
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