Wizards relishing life without MJ

With Michael Jordan out of the picture in Washington, the Wizards are finally looking toward the future.

Updated: November 12, 2003, 9:21 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
As far as the Washington Wizards are concerned, Michael Jordan is dead. Long live Eddie Jordan.

"Now, there was some luck involved, but the bottom line is they ended up getting a great young coach in Eddie Jordan," David Aldridge, ESPN analyst and Washington native said in the Philadelphia Daily News. "And Ernie Grunfeld [the Wizards new president of basketball operations] is as solid as they come. They've been able to get some good, young players. They've got some pieces. This is the first time in a long time that they have some legitimate young pieces that they can either build around or swap for other pieces. They've got a future here, and I can't believe I'm saying that."

Let me say that again. Michael Jordan is gone, adios, kaput. Or, as Washington Times sports writer Tom Knott put it, "something intriguing has happened to the Wizards since the removal of Jordan. They now have a future. They now have a style of play that is conducive to the team's young legs. They now have a genuine general manager in Ernie Grunfeld and a genuine coach in Eddie Jordan and not a lackey who was sentenced to pray at the altar of a legend."