The Wizards were going to turn over a new leaf, talk less and let their play speak for itself.
And they almost made it through media day sticking by that pledge ... almost.
The topic that got them off track? Surprise! The Celtics.
Okay, maybe not such a surprise after all.
Speaking at the podium, Markieff Morris was asked about the Eastern Conference landscape now that LeBron James had vacated his throne.
"I think we're the number one team. Raptors are going through a little bit when they changed DeMar DeRozan. So other than that, Boston has never been better than us. The record shows it, but internally we don't think they were better than us last year."
It may not be a coincidence that Morris made his comments around the same time NBA Twitter lost its collective mind about a picture of the Celtics' starting five — Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford — and how good they'd be.
The Wizards may not have believed the Celtics were better than they were last year, but Morris does have a point about the record.
Boston finished the regular season 55-27 and lost to the James-led Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second year in a row.
Washington, meanwhile, finished the year 43-39 and lost to the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.
Both the Wizards and Celtics are healthier this year and have shiny new pieces to play with, most notably Dwight Howard in Washington and Hayward in Boston. Those guys could add new life to whatever rivalry is left over from the infamous Funeral Game of 2017.
Even if it seems like the perfect matchup for opening night, the two teams won't play each other until Dec. 12 in Washington.
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