As The Last Dance dominates basketball discussion during a suspended 2019-20 NBA season, nearly everyone who had a connection with Michael Jordan his Bulls teams has been put under a microscope.
Individuals like Phil Jackson and Dennis Rodman have come away looking pretty good, while Isiah Thomas, Jerry Krause and George Karl haven't had quite the same experience.
The man who drafted Jordan tends to look pretty good too, and Rod Thorn joined The Sports Junkies Monday morning to talk about his decision-making process in selecting Jordan, but also to discuss the state of his current team.
"We've got some real good young players," Thorn said. "John [Wall] coming back will be a real impetus for the team, [Bradley] Beal had an unbelievable year. He's one of the top two-guards in the league."
Thorn was named a special advisor to Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard before the start of this season. As someone who's been in and around the NBA since 1963, Thorn is quite an asset for Sheppard and the Washington front office.
So when he says he likes what he sees out of your favorite team's young core, Wizards fans should probably feel good about it.
"We've got another draft coming at some point in time, who knows when," he said. "And with Tommy's leadership the Wizards are in good hands and the future looks very rosy."
The Wizards didn't experience the kind of success they were hoping for going into the season, which is understandable considering they were without Wall all year. However, with Wall out, Washington was able to give its young players more opportunities in meaningful games.
Players like Hachimura, Brown, Wagner and Davis Bertans developed well during the 2019-20 season, and with Wall coming back to shoulder the offensive load with Beal, it's easy to see why Thorn is excited about next season.
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