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Wizards would like an actual home-court advantage

John Wall, Trevor Booker, JaVale McGee

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, JaVale McGee, center, and Trevor Booker, left, sit on the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Washington. Washington lost their eighth game in a row as Minnesota won 93-72. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


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.