HoopsHype Randy Wittman rumors

November 2, 2013 Updates

"You see it coming out of the locker room. You've got to respect the game and your opponent. We came out in the first half and got after it. We created turnovers, held them to 40 percent shooting, and then in the second half, there was absolutely none," he said. "And I've got to figure it out," he said later. "That's obviously the first question. I've got to figure out how to get these guys to play the right way for 48 minutes, that's what it boils down to." Bullets Forever

October 29, 2013 Updates

There’s no timetable for Porter’s return, and in a call with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday, coach Randy Wittman continued his pattern of not knowing things. “I don’t know who he is and have not had a chance to coach him yet,” Wittman said, when asked his opinion of the Wizards rookie . “He’s not been able to step on the floor one day yet.” Washington Post

October 14, 2013 Updates

Last summer, Nene decided to stay away from basketball to let his body heal and received a negative backlash when Brazil went winless in the FIBA Americas tournament in Venezuela. “If people want to boo because of the national team and those things, they should boo me,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “Because I really thought this was a summer that Nene needed to take off for his body. The summer before he played, he had plantar fasciitis, and played through it. His body needed a recovery. And when you play 100 games, alright, like we do and you get to a point in your career where your body breaks down a little bit, you’ve got to let it recover. That’s what I wanted him to do. So if Brazil wants to be mad, don’t be mad at Nene, be mad at me.” Washington Post

October 7, 2013 Updates

"I'm tired of losing. It's not a lot of fun coming to games knowing, 'This is going to be a tough night.' We're just at that point now, it's the fourth year, we've retained our players, we've added players, we've spent a lot of money. And I expect us to be a playoff-caliber team. I think our fan base expects that too and that's the pressure I've placed on our organization, that we have to meet the expectations of our fans -- and it's time." -- Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, to local reporters, throwing down the gauntlet for his team to improve upon its dismal showings of the last few years. Both general manager Ernie Grunfeld and coach Randy Wittman are entering the final years of their respective contracts. NBA.com

September 9, 2013 Updates

Randy Wittman: "Nene got in town Aug. 30. He's been on the floor. He feels good. He's had a whole summer where he didn't have to worry about the pounding and the stuff he did last summer having the injuries he did and having to play on the (Brazil) national team and never gave his body a chance to recover. He's feeling good. He looks good. I'm pretty pleased with that. I anticipate him being ready to go. When did we play our last game? Five months ago? He's done a lot of good work this summer, not only from a rest standpoint but from physical therapy. He's built his strength back up. I anticipate we'll head into the season with no restrictions." CSNWashington.com

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July 31, 2013 Updates

What's one G-rated or PG-rated story about an athlete that you've heard but haven't had an opportunity to share? Shawn Kemp was late for a flight back in his Cleveland days, as he often was. He was beginning to run out of excuses. The one he gave the Cavs this time was, "My dog fell asleep in front of my car and I had to wait until he woke up." No shit. Poor Randy Wittman was the coach and he just took it. That's when we knew Randy was in big trouble. He was a rookie coach and Kemp worked him over. It actually said a lot about a bunch of things that were going on with the team at the time. Kemp was losing control of his life and Randy was overwhelmed. The best thing Jim Paxson did was find a way to hoist Kemp on Portland, which set it up for the Cavs to eventually get LeBron. Cleveland Scene

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Coach Randy Wittman and GM Ernie Grunfeld have said they don’t want to add three rookies to the 2013-14 roster, meaning they would like to explore dealing at least one pick, maybe both in the second round, in a package for a veteran. According to persons with knowledge of the situation, the Wizards will bring in about six players each day through Friday. Six is the maximum teams are allowed. CSN has confirmed some of the names. Lottery picks such as Otto Porter (Georgetown), Victor Oladipo (Indiana) and Ben McLemore (Kansas), who could be available when the Wizards pick No. 3 overall, will not be among this first wave but could come here the following week. CSNWashington.com

May 13, 2013 Updates

When asked what Vesely needed to focus on this offseason, Coach Randy Wittman didn’t hesitate to mention that the 6-foot-11 big man had to worry about more than developing a consistent jump shot. “He needs to work on his head first,” Wittman said. Washington Post

“There are sometimes, I see Jan and he’s flying all around and I say, ‘That’s Jan.’ Other times, he’s shying away when he doesn’t have the confidence and that’s his main thing,” Wittman said. “I’m not smart enough to tell you I’ve got the answer to fix that. But we’re going to work on him. I mean, in trying to help him become a more confident player.” Washington Post

April 23, 2013 Updates

On Nov. 26, the Wizards lost a home game to San Antonio, 118-92. It was the 12th straight loss to start the season, and the postgame locker room for the Wizards was an emotional scene. On Thursday, a tale told by Martell Webster revealed for the first time just how emotional it was. “After we lost that 12th game and he came into the locker room – I don’t even know if he wants me to share this, but I don’t care – and he was crying, man, after that game,” Webster said. “And he told us that he cared about us. And for me, that was a point in the season where I was just like, I’m in. I’m totally in. I bought into the system. And when I did that, that’s when my season began to turn to a positive light, and I started to succeed after that point. “That meant a lot because it showed that he really cared. He didn’t care about his job. He didn’t. He just cared about the guys that he was coaching. And that was amazing. That was touching for me. But that’s when I realized that I really wanted to buy into this system.” Washington Post

A.J. Price said he also committed to the system after that night. “I definitely remember that,” he said. “That showed me how passionate he was as a coach. I think it did a lot for us, in terms of how we viewed him as a coach. Because anytime you get a head coach [crying], that’s not normal. Not to say it’s bad, but it’s just not normal that you’d see a coach show that much emotion, especially in this business. It let us know that we were dealing with a special type of guy who really cared about the job. Really cared about us as players, and I think that led to us really buying in even more and really giving it all we got, because he was showing to use that he was giving it all he had.” Washington Post

But then he got serious, and explained why he got so emotional. “We went through so much at the start of the year,” he said. “And the thing that really got me emotional more was the fight and the heart that these guys were putting into it, and we had nothing to show for it. “This is a game of emotion,” Wittman continued. “I’m an emotional guy. I don’t hide things from you guys, I don’t hide things from my players. I wear my emotions on my sleeve. That was the point, though, that showed me that these guys, even though we were 0-12, had a lot of heart. Had a lot of conviction to go out and continue to fight when it could have been easy to say, ‘Why?’ And they continued to do it. And I wanted them to know, even though we were 0 -12, and it might sound funny, how much I appreciated that, and how much I really trusted in them.” Washington Post

April 9, 2013 Updates

When Okafor attempted to explain afterward why Coach Randy Wittman had to make the decision to give A.J. Price more playing time, Wall snapped back, leading to a heated argument that was audible from the walls on the other side of the training room. “It was just me being young and very frustrated. I wasn’t making anything, turning the ball over, and we lost a lot of games that we should’ve won and I put the toll on me,” Wall explained, as he recalled his emotions before the encounter. “A lot of frustration was coming out. As a veteran and being a leader on the team, [Okafor] stepped up and said something. At the time, it was in the heat of moment. I was upset.” Washington Post

Wall was unaccustomed to having a teammate challenge him, but in hindsight, he couldn’t disagree with anything that Okafor told him: Wittman had to go with someone else if he was ineffective and Wall has to trust that the coach is doing what was in the best interest of the team, which should always come first “It wasn’t nothing bad. I felt like, what he said was right,” Wall said of Okafor “It was all the right things at the right time. 'You’ve got to learn how to control your anger more.' Ever since that day forward, I became more focused. Came to practice the next day, talked to him, put it behind us and I just went out there and tried to play basketball. Didn’t hold no grudges.” Washington Post

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