Dwight Howard: "We’re going to get better. Once we hit our stride, I think people will forget about what happened at the beginning of this Wizards season."
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 7, 2018
John Wall, meanwhile, says the team isn’t communicating on defense.
Despite a 2-8 start, Scott Brooks has the loyalty of the locker room and even more, the security of coaching in Washington.
Brooks's coaching seat isn't even close to being lukewarm. Why? Let me explain:https://t.co/cmAV0F30yH
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) November 7, 2018
Per the WaPo:
“There’s only one way to do it and it’s doing it together,” Brooks said following the Wizards’ 119-100 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, using a familiar battle cry from previous defeats. “Staying together, doing it together and believing in each other,” Brooks continued. “We’ve been here before. We have enough in our locker room.”
In the second quarter, the Wizards fell into a 20-point deficit and Brooks stood several steps away from the sideline, watching over his offense. [Markieff] Morris was called for a foul and as the whistle blew to change possessions, Brooks smacked his hands and retreated to his seat. That seat, despite the outside speculation, is far from hot.
“It’s kind of hard to ignore when you have social media and the world we live in and everybody making rumors about it. It’s — it’s — you hear it,” Beal said, admitting that he’s aware of talk about Brooks’s job security.
“It’s on TV, people are talking about it. No truth to it at all,” Beal said. “But you never really pay attention to it because he comes in and he works every day. He’s here every day. I’m not saying this as a good thing but we’ve been in this position before. We’ve dug ourselves out of this hole before. He’s a well-experienced coach. He’s played in the league. He’s coached an unbelievable team in [Oklahoma City] and now he’s coaching us and trying to get us to that level. So you’ve got to respect what he’s done. You can’t just shoot a man in his foot.”