WASHINGTON (AP) It's been a while since the Washington Wizards opened training camp as one of the hunted rather than a hunter, as a team expected to make the playoffs rather than one destined to pick up the "lottery-bound" label before the All-Star break.
Even so, the men who have overseen the turnaround were cautious more than bullish as they sat side-by-side before reporters on Wednesday.
President Ernie Grunfeld proclaimed the Eastern Conference to be "wide open," yet went on say that merely home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs "would be a good accomplishment" for his team. Coach Randy Wittman mentioned "Eastern Conference finals" as a possibility. Nothing beyond that.