Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/15/11

TORONTO, ONT - JUNE 22: (L-R) Director of Amateur Scouting Ross Mahoney, Ontario Scout Steve Bowman, Majority Owner & Chairman Ted Leonsis and General Manager & Vice President George McPhee of the Washington Capitals stands with Steve Eminger who was selected as the 12th overall pick during the first round NHL Draft on June 22, 2002 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI)
Owner Ted Leonsis believes his Washington Wizards can become a ''destination'' - the sort of NBA team that top players strive to join, no matter what it takes. That will take some time, Leonsis acknowledges. He makes it perfectly clear that the Wizards are still early on in the process of reconstructing around No. 1 overall draft pick John Wall. During a half-hour news conference Thursday at Washington's media day, Leonsis used the word ''build'' or some version of it more than a dozen times, as in: ''I hope I've been honest and transparent ... (about) rebuilding the team.'' Coming off a 23-59 season, Washington plays the first of its two exhibition games on Friday night, hosting the Philadelphia 76ers. The regular season starts Dec. 26.
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