More than three months after the 2018-19 season came to a close, the Washington Wizards have made Tommy Sheppard’s job as general manager official, also announcing an expansion of their front office with former Georgetown coach John Thompson III and former Cleveland Browns front office mind Sashi Brown as vital pillars of their revamped brass.
Wizards owner ted leonsis will install Monumental Basketball, a new collective that includes the Wizards, G League affiliate Capital City Go-Go, Wizards District Gaming and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics:
“We have formed a new leadership team with a forward-thinking structure to adapt to the ‘new NBA’ that requires every possible strategic advantage to compete and win,” said Leonsis. “We are building a leadership brain trust with deep Wizards/NBA experience and with sports professionals from inside and outside the NBA to challenge our thinking and adapt to an ever-increasing competitive environment.”
Leonsis also announced the creation of a new athlete development and engagement department, which will be led by Thompson, who is expected to help maximize player potential on and off the court for all Monumental Basketball athletes. The collective is hoping to develop a holistic development approach, which can help athletes hone into financial literacy along with post-playing career opportunities and their overall empowerment and development.
Brown will serve as chief planning and operations officer for Monumental Basketball, while Daniel Medina will serve as chief of athlete care and performance.
The hope is that this three-pronged approach to Monumental Basketball will instill a new sense of a solid ground after three months of uncertainty following the firing of longtime president Ernie Grunfeld, who served the team for 16 seasons.