Thank you for your support, encouragement and patience.
We took one tiny step along a long journey last night when we qualified for our first playoff appearance in 6 years as a franchise. It is a modest yet very positive accomplishment, and I am proud of the team, and the staff and leadership of the franchise.
As noted when we first acquired the Wizards, rebuilds are very hard. It is a very messy process and it is an ongoing and continuous process. The first milestone to reach in a rebuild is to qualify for the playoffs, so we can check that first item off our list.
This is the fourth year of a rebuild plan for our team, under current and new ownership. As noted, we have had 100 percent turnover of our team personnel, John Wall is our most tenured player, became an All Star and is now signed for the long term. We have three players starting on rookie contracts in our starting lineup right now. We have added through trades, free agency and waiver wire pickups talented and savvy veteran players. All told, the culture of the team has been uplifted and is serious about basketball, success and showing respect to a very dedicated and educated fan base.
I am very grateful to our fans who are showing up in bigger and more supportive numbers on a daily basis. We are in it together.
Click around, smile but don't celebrate. The journey is the reward.