No Wizards player is happy with their 5-5 start through 10 games, especially with their defense and how they have let some winnable games slip away to young and unproven teams.
At Thursday morning's shootaround, ahead of the 7:00 p.m. game against the Lakers, center Marcin Gortat summed up the team's feelings in the strongest words we have heard yet.
Gortat wants things to change and soon and, like his coach Scott Brooks and his teammates, Gortat believes it comes down to effort on the defensive end.
"Sorry for my language, but we are in a s—hole. We've gotta get out of that hole and start to win some games," he said.
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"We've gotta show up, show up at the game as NBA players who want to compete and play hard every possession. Take pride in what we do. That's the most important thing."
The Wizards lost the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday at Capital One Arena when the Mavs came into the game with the NBA's worst record. Last week the fell to the Phoenix Suns, also at home, after holding a 22-point lead. And the last time they played the Lakers, they dropped a winnable game in overtime.
A 5-5 record is much better than the 2-8 mark they posted last season through 10 games. But it's not good enough for these Wizards and Gortat is beside himself about it.
"This is super disrespectful. Bottom-line, I feel embarrassed for those games," Gortat said. "We definitely owe a huge apology to our fans for our performance. That's not who we are and that's not who we want to be in the future."
Gortat is trying to stay focused in part by staying off social media. Gortat is very accessible on Twitter, often responding to tweets from fans both positive and negative. He has a tendency to fire back at haters, but that's not of his interest right now.
"I have basically stopped checking social media for the past two weeks. The way we play right now, you don't want to listen to dumbasses in social media," he said.