The Washington Wizards are a winning team, yet they have struggled with consistency in the effort department all season. After the Wizards’ blowout road loss to the Charlotte Hornets last night, Washington coach Scott Brooks sounds fed up and ready to make some changes.
After miscues on defense and discipline in that loss Wednesday, Brooks wasn’t mincing words about what may lie ahead for Washington’s rotation, writes Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.
Seven Hornets scored in double figures. Dwight Howard dominated, then laughed and mocked the Wizards (25-20). And from under this rubble – a season-high points surrendered – Brooks may be looking to rebuild.
“We’re just going to have to find guys who are going to compete. It’s not about nothing else,” said Brooks, who then started to raise his voice. “It’s not about shots. It’s not about how many minutes. It’s not about how many shots you get. It’s about competing. We all get paid to compete regardless. Things aren’t going your way offensively. It’s not about that. It’s about competing, and we didn’t do that tonight.”
Although Brooks spent only a few minutes in the locker room following the game, his message could have lingering effects. According to Bradley Beal, Brooks was irate and more than hinted at changes coming to the rotation.
“He’s upset. He’s mad. We’re not giving him what he wants from a production standpoint. He’s going to make a change, for sure,” Beal said. “That’s pretty much all I can say. He was beyond furious after the game, so guys should expect to play and not play. That was pretty much his message.”
“It’s unacceptable the way we competed,” Brooks said. “We’re going to have change some things and make sure we’re all going to compete. If not we’re going to have find guys who are going to compete.”
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