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Wizards would like an actual home-court advantage

Feb 10, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

John Wall, Trevor Booker, JaVale McGee AP

There are about 30 NBA towns where MVP chants for Kobe Bryant have rung out. Pretty much the same for LeBron James and Derrick Rose.

But it’s been different for the Washington Wizards — their home games have sounded more like road games at times.

Combine the fact that the Wizards are not a real draw right now — they are 5-21 and have had zero sellouts this season — with the fact our nation’s capital is, by design, a melding of people from all over the nation and you have had games where the Wizards feel like the road team in D.C.

It’s not going to be better when the Heat come to town Friday. Here are the quotes in the Washington Post.

We’ve played enough games, we know what the crowd is going to be,” rookie forward Chris Singleton said. “Seems like they are against us the first three quarters and they’re on our side for the fourth. I guess that’s how Washington is.”

“That’s tough,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “That’s our job to play to have those guys on our side. Everybody that pays a ticket has a right to root for who they want. But obviously, at home, you want the fans on your side. We’re going to get to that and it’s going to be that way some day.”

It’s really this simple: Win and you will get the love, Wizards. Play disinterested and sloppy like you have, and there is no love.

  1. coldyron - Feb 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    You could say the same thing about Miami.

    • africanballer - Feb 11, 2012 at 4:34 AM


  2. watermelon1 - Feb 10, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Pretty sure DC cheered plenty for the Wizards not too long ago when it was Arenas, Jamison, Butler, and DESHAWN STEVENSON. But they ran into the officials cheating and the NBA clearly trying to escort their baby Lebron to the Finals a few years in a row. Eventually Wizards blew the team up and they’ve sucked ever since. They have 1 star in John Wall and nothing else. Horrible teams get booed in their own stadium. Just ask the Orioles who are only 30 minutes North.

  3. 00maltliquor - Feb 10, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    That’s pretty pathetic, DC. Just for that, I hope John Wall leaves after his contract is up. Apparently you guys don’t deserve him!

    I have friends that live in Minnasota and go to games and I’ve been told pre-Kevin Love/ post Garnett T-Wolves teams were the same way.

    • watermelon1 - Feb 11, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      Yeah, when you trade a guy like Kevin Garnett who clearly still had plenty of basketball left in him… your fans are going to let you know how they feel. They were very close to winning a championship, but ran into some horrible officiating with the Lakers because that’s whothe NBA wanted to promote.

      But those days of Sam Cassell, Latrell Sprewell, and of course Garnett… were very fun. You even had Wally Sczerbiak for the ladies. Haha.

      So if it was the same in Minnesota, I assume you think they don’t deserve the Timberwolves?

      Fans are the one who pay money, what they deserve is the chance to voice their pleasure or displeasure with the quality of the product they pay for. It’s not different from any other service or good you pay for. If anything, these franchises that don’t make any efforts to get any better and try to win… they don’t deserve the fans or the fans’ money.

    • broncobeta - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      I go to plenty of Wizards games. The Wizards suck, the ticket prices are cheap. However, it is annoying when a good team like the Heat come into town and $5 tickets turn into $70 dollar tickets.

      • broncobeta - Feb 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

        Also, all DC sports teams just suck. There’s just a funk in the air about it. It’s like being a Cubs fan, but way worse and with every sport.

  4. bparmalee - Feb 10, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    DC just wants a rel team and them to finally ditch that Wizards tag. Singleton plays hard but most of the team takes plays off. There are players on this team that have value… I really dont understand why they havent made any moves. You can have a Mcgee, Nick Young, Andre Blatche or John Wall on your team but you cant have them all on one team. Any of these guys could contribute on a winning team so I’m not sure why there arent moves being made.

    • goforthanddie - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:48 PM

      I doubt many want Biatche, all talent and no drive. McGee isn’t far behind, but I don’t think he’s a lost cause yet. Wall’s the only reason anybody shows up to the games as it is.

      • bparmalee - Feb 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        You may be right about Blatche… but he is tall and a team with Vets like Heat..Celtics.. maybe Blazers could use him. To me McGee is better than Deandre Jordan and this off season showed there was a market for him. They both gamble all out on blocks but McGee is better on offense… I think there would be takers for him. I know people love watching John Wall but to me he isnt going to be the leader of winning team. I think you have to get a decent amount back but if you get the right offer I think you cant get much worse.

  5. goforthanddie - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    And I’m sure Washington fans would like an actual home team, and maybe a real coach/front office.
    Leonsis said he’d take the lumps of rebuilding, but he/EG aren’t doing anything to make it less lumpy.

  6. asublimeday - Feb 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    As a Chicago transplant to the dc area, I went to bulls-wizards a few weeks ago and there were more bulls fans than wizards fans. Me and my brothers also started a rose MVP chant that the wiz fans couldn’t drown out.

  7. blueintown - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    This isn’t uncommon from transient cities. Lakers/Clippers games usually have a strong contingent of fans from the other side.

  8. milgbwisc - Feb 11, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Hahahaha that’s funny

  9. asublimeday - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    This isn’t uncommon from transient cities. Lakers/Clippers games usually have a strong contingent of fans from the other side.

    LA, while they don’t have many “off” years, their fans flee like cockroaches when the lights turn on when they’re not winning.

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