The Washington Wizards started off this past season with a bang. At one point they were setting records and sitting atop the entire Eastern Conference.
But then things slowly began to return to normal.
Now, with 53 games in the books, Washington is 24-29 and sits 11th in the East.
During a recent media session, Kyle Kuzma went into detail about what precisely has gone awry for his squad.
“I think the biggest thing with us these past games is our effort level and then our response,” he said, per Chase Hughes of NBC Washington. “It’s really tough when you get punched in the face and you don’t stand up.
“I think that just kinda sums up what’s going on. As soon as we hit a little bit adversity, it’s quite a challenge to get out of that.”
Kuzma isn’t the only Wizard to express this sentiment.
Just a few days ago, Montrezl Harrell went off on the Wizards and what a mess they’ve been as of late. He too reiterated that the situation in D.C. right now was not a positive one.
Kliff Kingsbury seems to be dealing well with the Kyler Murray drama. https://t.co/pcLUPbmT26
— Game 7 (@game7__) February 9, 2022
At this point, it feels like too much of the season has passed to right this ship. That, coupled with Bradley Beal being shut down for the year, suggests the Wizards will likely go into tank-mode to secure a good draft pick the draft.
Will Kuzma’s second season with this squad next year ultimately end up better than the first? Time will tell.