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Predictable Ted

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I wrote this in my last post "Leonsis tweets or blogs during or at the end of a struggling season basically saying "You see, we're a good team" or "This team is going places #dcRising" after a winning streak". And then a couple days later he tweets this

Lets ignore the fact these players are being supported by a bench that ranks last in the league. This bench worth nearly 107 million constructed by Ernie Grunfeld who spent four years saving. Imagine this team with a better bench that could relieve the players Ted Leonsis mentioned. Especially a backcourt which one is injury prone and the other coming from two knee surgeries both logging high minutes.

I remember when Andray Blatche was resigned and Blatche had a couple of good games. Leonsis compared him to Zach Randolf. Another time during the Jordan Crawford era he called the Wall/Crawford/McGee trio his new big 3. We also can't forget the many times at the end of the playoff-less seasons the team would be on a winning streak and Leonsis would gloat. So this latest tweet was real predictable. Right on time Ted like always

With Ted Leonsis, It's Friendship over Championship

I'm going with the benefit of the doubt that Ted Leonsis is a sane person and not crazy. I say this because I have difficulty trying to understand the actions of an owner that refuses to make a move that would benefit the team as I watch countless other teams do. Leonsis is keeping Ernie Grunfeld as Team President and GM despite the fact for 13 years he is doing a terrible job of fielding a team by signing players who aren't good or are too hurt to play, losing season ticket holders, and seeing embarrassing low arena attendance each game. As all this is taking place Leonsis defends his actions by setting a low bar, blaming it on the building he owns, being condescending towards fans, and even fighting fans. This completely makes no sense as at one time Leonsis was pretty connected and well liked by fans. Why he would become so condescending and combative with fans unless he was protecting someone. Protecting his friend. And that is completely understandable and makes absolute sense. I know I'm going real arm chair psychologist right now but bear with me. I mean it's all there when you really look at it. The constant sly remarks towards his own paying customers, the words he had with a fan last week, the building excuses, and the low playoff bar. He's protecting him. He's protecting his friend. I mean who hasn't done this for a friend or family member? I've protected a friend before. I've got into physical altercations protecting a brother. I've made excuses for friends knowing damn well I shouldn't have. I've set a low bar a couple times for kids just so they can get out of a punishment and play. I've done what Leonsis has done and you probably have too.

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