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Owner Leonsis tempers expectations for Wizards

Associated Press Modified: October 4, 2012 at 8:19 pm •  Published: October 4, 2012

The Wizards haven't won even one-third of their games in any season since their last playoff appearance in 2008, although Leonsis is optimistic the club will upgrade from the NBA's group of have-nots to the "haves." He's just not sure how long it will take.

For one thing, there's been a lot of turnover to digest. Only Cartier Martin, who played in eight games at the end of the 2009-10 season, remains from the roster that Leonsis inherited less than 2½ years ago.

"It's very sobering to have to enter a new season basically where John Wall is your most tenured player," Leonsis said. "That was by design. We knew we'd have to rebuild the team and we did it fast, so I'm pleased that we are able to pull the Band-Aid off quickly. Now we have to see how this team jells and what we need on an ongoing basis to keep improving the team."

Leonsis repeatedly referenced the Capitals and baseball's Washington Nationals, teams that went through agonizing building processes to go from bottom to top.

"I know the fan base, and frankly the media, would like the magic wand waved and the team with three superstars here overnight," Leonsis said. "But I lost the magic wand. We're having to do it the old-fashioned authentic way, which is I think the way you're built to last."


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