The Wizards didn't practice on Thanksgiving. They were given the day off by coach Randy Wittman to be with family and friends, but perhaps it was also a move to get everyone away from basketball for a day and not think about the franchise-worst 0-10 start.
It's been a rough go for Washington. From the molasses-like slow starts of games, to recent drastic lineup changes made by Wittman, to controversial endings like the one in Atlanta, the Wizards have found new ways to lose in this current streak.
The NBA, as we are keenly aware, is a results-oriented business and right now the Wizards aren't getting it done. It doesn't matter how you lose, from a blowout to a buzzer beater -- they all count the same and the losses continue to mount for the now 0-10 Wizards.
Having starting center Nene back is a big boost and he gives the team immediate hope. After missing the first 9 games with plantar fasciitis, Nene came off the bench to score 12 points in 20 minutes of action in the 101-100 loss to Atlanta Wednesday night.
The final piece to the puzzle is sitting out with a sore knee. Starting guard John Wall seems to be a few weeks away from playing and his presence on the court has been missed.
The Wizards resume practice today with Charlotte in town tomorrow night. The holiday season is here with the Wizards’ wish a simple one, just getting that first win.
The Washington Wizards have reportedly offered their vacant general manager position to Tim Connelly. The news was first reported by the Athletic.
Here are five things to know about him...
1. Connelly is a Baltimore native who transferred to Catholic University in D.C. during his junior year in college, graduating from there in 1999.
2. Connelly began his NBA front office career with the Wizards, starting as an intern in 1996. He spent a decade with the organization, holding such roles as assistant video coordinator, head scout, and director of player personnel.
3. After leaving the Wizards, Connelly spent three seasons serving as the assistant general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans.
4. Connelly joined the Nuggets organization in 2013 as the executive vice president of basketball operations. He was promoted to President of Basketball Operations in 2017. Connelly has been part of a Denver front office that has drafted the likes of Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Gary Harris over the last five years.
5. Connelly has six siblings, including four brothers: Joe, Pat, Dan and Kevin. All four of them have also worked in basketball in some capacity, Joe, Pat, and Dan all following Tim into the NBA ranks.
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The Wizards may have found the successor to longtime team president Ernie Grunfeld. Per multiple reports, Washington offered the vacant head front-office job to Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reports that, while Connelly hoped for a five-year deal, he is serious about the Wizards' four-year offer.
The Nuggets president came to Washington to meet with owner Ted Leonsis on Friday.
A Baltimore native, Connelly worked as a member of the Wizards front office, beginning as an intern in 1996 and rising to director of player personnel in his time with the franchise.
After a stop in New Orleans, Connelly was hired as executive vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Nuggets in 2013. He ascended to president of basketball operations in his six-year tenure.
His notable accomplishments in Denver include drafting star big man Nikola Jokic and building a team that won 54 games in the 2018-19 season.
This is a developing story. Please check back with NBCSportsWashington.com for updates as available.
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