You're comfortable with him setting the bar at "it's not a failure unless we have a worse record this year than we had over the past two seasons?"
If they have the fourth-worst record in the league, that's not a failure?
You can only blame Abe for so much. Ted is responsible for keeping Ernie. Ted is responsible for choosing Randy Wittman over many superior candidates. Ted is responsible for the state of the team's scouting, for the team's athletic trainers, and for the modernization (or lack thereof) of the team's front office re: stats/metrics, etc.
Who's helping our young players develop? Who's keeping them healthy? Who's evaluating our trades and draft picks? All of that falls on Ted's shoulders. For him to look at what fans are spending on tickets, let alone what he's spending on this roster, and say, "well, it's only a failure if we're not as bad as we were last year" is a joke.
It's not a good sign when you spend $28 million per year on two frountcourt players with a grand total of ZERO All Star appearances, then tell your fans, in essence, "I'd like to make the playoffs, but as long as we aren't in the bottom three then I've done my job." Then why the hell did you lock us in to two more years of mediocrity if you didn't expect those players to take you to the playoffs? Have some guts. Say, "if we don't make the playoffs, we've failed our loyal fans and we will THOROUGHLY reevaluate our entire approach."
Granted, the quote could have been pulled out of context. He could've been asked about his tenure to date and referencing the second- and third-worst records in the entire league is a means of saying "if we're as bad this year as we were in my first two years as majority owner, then it's a big problem and that starts with me." Fine. But I think the team's fans deserve better than that.
There are a good number of "high class" organizations in this league investing heavily in all of the areas the Wizards continue to neglect. We don't have a first-rate anything.
Abe Pollin ran the team like a "family business." In other words, he made a bunch of cheap, nepotistic hires to fill vacancies. Cronyism isn't exactly the best way to build a winning organization. We still have Flip Saunders' son on the coaching staff. Why? Because he, like Wittman, is still under contract? That's garbage.
Our players get hurt all the time. Is that just dumb luck, or is it possible that we don't have the type of training staff Phoenix does? Our players never develop. Is that just dumb luck, or is it possible that we don't have the type of scouting and coaching that San Antonio does?
JaVale McGee may be a knucklehead, but what other team would tell their "franchise center" that he'll have to go out and hire his own big man coach?!
Ted had the opportunity to clean house after he took over and he failed. Yes, the roster has been turned almost completely over - but let's be honest, the players weren't the problem.
If you hire the three stooges to fix your plumbing, you don't get to say, "well, golly, it's not my fault. The plumbers I hired underachieved." No, the personnel you hired didn't underachieve. You just made a stupid hire.
Team records fluctuate from year to year, but over time there are pretty clear patterns in franchise performance. You can't blame all of that on Andray Blatche and Gilbert Arenas.
This organization needed a complete overhaul, not a facelift. Leonsis hasn't demonstrated the courage needed to truly clean house and kick all of Abe's flunkies to the curb. That's the true test of Ted's mettle. Instead, we got an amnesty waiver and new uniforms.
“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” - Albert Einstein