Two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh doesn’t think the Washington Wizards should blow up the roster and trade Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal. In fact, he believes the two superstars can accomplish a significant feat that not even the great Michael Jordan could do during his time with the Wizards.
In their first season together, Westbrook and Beal guided the Wizards to the Eastern Conference playoffs, something Jordan didn’t do in his two years with the franchise. Bosh, who won two championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013, thinks there’s another achievement Westbrook and Beal can accomplish with the Wizards that Jordan didn’t reach.
Chris Bosh says Wizards can compete for championship next season with Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook
Appearing on ESPN’s The Jump, Bosh boldly said that the Wizards can compete for a championship next season with Beal and Westbrook leading the way. It was a daring take since Washington lost to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the 2021 playoffs in five games.
“I think that the Wizards have what it takes to really compete for a championship,” Bosh said. “I don’t think it’s any question that with Russ and with Bradley that they have tremendous talent. I think they need a head coach to come in there and really perform right away, and you want their attitudes good coming into training camp. You want their confidence, and I think sometimes their recommendation and their voices, I think they should be heard. They could put themselves in a very strong position, really like I said before, to compete for a championship in my mind. They’re right there.”
The Wizards will have a new head coach next season after Scott Brooks parted ways with the franchise. It will be fascinating to see who they hire and if Beal and Westbrook have significant input in the interview process.
It’s safe to assume that Bosh is probably the only person who thinks the Wizards can contend for a title in 2021-22. Even though Beal and Westbrook are two of the best players in the league, the roster around them isn’t championship-ready, which was the case for Jordan during his two seasons in the nation’s capital.
Michael Jordan went 67-75 with the Wizards
In January 2000, the Wizards hired Jordan to be their top decision-maker. However, the six-time champion felt he could still play the game at a high level, so he began playing for the team in October 2001. The Chicago Bulls legend appeared in 142 games with the Wizards and averaged 21.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists.
Despite Jordan putting up solid numbers, the Wizards went only 67-75 with him in the lineup and missed the Eastern Conference playoffs both years he was on the roster. Jordan was fired as the team’s top decision-maker in May 2003 and retired from the NBA for good.
It was strange to see Jordan not lead the Wizards to the playoffs since he never missed the postseason during his legendary run with the Bulls. However, he didn’t have a mature supporting cast in Washington, as several players didn’t take the game seriously and were more concerned about individual stats.
During the Bulls’ dynasty years, Jordan was always part of a Big 3. He had Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant for the first three-peat and then had Pippen and Dennis Rodman for the second one. For Beal and Westbrook to make Bosh look like a genius and compete for a title next season, Wizards executive Tommy Sheppard will have to acquire a third star.
Michael Jordan is now competing against Washington
Jordan is the majority governor of the Charlotte Hornets, who are in the same division as the Wizards. After being fired by Washington, Jordan is probably motivated to beat them badly since he takes everything personally.
The Hornets missed the playoffs last season after getting blown out by the Indiana Pacers in the play-in tournament. However, they do have a bright future with LaMelo Ball leading the way.
As for the Wizards, all eyes will be on who Sheppard decides to hire as the new coach. It certainly should be someone Beal and Westbrook like, especially since the latter had a good rapport with Brooks.
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