HoopsHype Randy Wittman rumors

December 17, 2013 Updates

The Wizards, while not quite living up to preseason expectations, have sufficiently rebounded from yet another slow start to the point that they're starting to look like what passes for a playoff team in the ugliest Leastern Conference in memory, which should get Wittman through the final year of his contract. Sources say, furthermore, that it's always been the preference of Wizards owner Ted Leonsis to complete the season without changing anything and then assess everything in the offseason with the deals of both Wittman and general manager Ernie Grunfeld expiring. ESPN.com

November 25, 2013 Updates
November 22, 2013 Updates

The Wizards had lofty expectations for returning to the playoffs this season, and given how bad the East is, it's too early to discount them in that endeavor. But with a 4-7 record, the results have been mixed so far, to put it kindly. League sources wonder how long GM Ernie Grunfeld can remain in self-preservation mode. Speaking of self-preservation, continued struggles in Washington would put coach Randy Wittman in a race with the coach of our next team in the Misery Index to see who will be the first coach to be fired this season. CBSSports.com

November 19, 2013 Updates

When a team with playoff aspirations gets off to a disappointing start, the scrutiny always seems to find its way to the head coach. Coach Randy Wittman likes to say that the NBA is “a results league” but with the Wizards (2-7) on a four-game losing streak, he hasn’t concerned himself with checking the temperature of his seat on the bench. “That’s not a worry of mine,” Wittman said after Monday’s practice at Verizon Center. Washington Post

In parts of seven seasons with Washington, Cleveland and Minnesota, Wittman has a career record of 147-291 (.336), which is the worst winning percentage of the 87 coaches with at least 400 career games. Wittman is 49-91 with the Wizards, but John Wall was among those who lobbied for him to get an extension after the 2011-12 season. Wall continues to support Wittman. “Everybody believes in Coach Witt,” Wall said. “We understand what he did last year and what he was capable of when everybody is healthy. So we know what he tells us as coach, what his schemes is and what he tells us players works, but us players have to go out there and execute what he’s given us as our game plan and what he wants us to be as a team and we haven’t been doing that so far. We’ve only proved it in two” games. Washington Post

November 18, 2013 Updates

According to a person with knowledge of the Wizards thinking, Wittman still has some time to turn things around. The fact that Washington played six of its first eight games on the road did not help his cause, and their Tuesday night home game against the dangerous Minnesota Timberwolves will be the latest test on this front. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation. USA Today Sports

November 14, 2013 Updates

It doesn’t take much to see why Washington’s Randy Wittman is the guy many see as the coach on the hottest seat. His team is 2-6 but with playoff aspirations. His star player is writing playoffs on his shoes every game (and shooting 37.9 percent). His team’s owner Ted Leonsis has talked playoffs a lot and said injuries are not an excuse. Leonsis has been a loyal and patient owner, but at some point that is going to end because he wants to win, too. On top of it all the Wizards’ veteran players are frustrated with the younger ones. NBCSports.com

November 12, 2013 Updates

Leonsis inherited a mess with the Wizards, and he’s embarked on a rebuilding process similar to the one that brought the Capitals out of the doldrums. But the Wizards were a combined 86 games under .500 over the last three NBA seasons, and eventually the longsuffering fans need to get their payoff. It’s worth noting that both team president Ernie Grunfeld and coach Randy Wittman are in the final year of their contracts. Washington Times

November 5, 2013 Updates

A day after getting slapped with a $20,000 fine for using a bad word during his postgame news conference following the Wizards’ home opening loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Coach Randy Wittman said he was “embarrassed” by the incident and should’ve expressed his frustration in a different manner. “It’s a situation, one I’m not proud of,” Wittman said. “You guys know me. I’m very passionate, okay, about my team, about how we play, the players individually and it’s a situation I’m embarrassed by it, in how it came out. Not the message. The message that I want to portray is the one I wanted to get out, but … the wrong way. Got to do a better job of controlling a situation like that and one, that, hey, it’s on me and you move forward from that. Not one that you’re real proud of.” Washington Post

November 4, 2013 Updates
November 2, 2013 Updates

Following the loss, head coach Randy Wittman took longer than normal to begin his post-game remarks. He didn't even attempt to conceal his frustration and anger with the team. "Well, you tell me what you thought the problem was. You watched the game. Commitment to f****** playing defense. It's what it is," he said. It's what it boils down to, all right? It's a thing our guys haven't learned and I've got to figure out a way." Bullets Forever

"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

August 2, 2013 Updates
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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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