In an interview with NBA.com last week, Wittman indicated that he’s interested in possibly getting back into coaching. “I’m in between jobs,” he said. “Early spring when things begin to open up, I’ll take a look at what’s out there and see if I want to get back in it.”
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“I was in the NBA for 33 straight years without a break, so my wife calls this a sabbatical,” the 57-year-old Wittman told ESPN 980’s Kevin Sheehan on Friday, in one of his first extensive interviews since being fired after the Wizards missed the playoffs last season. “I’m visiting teams. I’m watching other coaches and what they do in practices. It’s given me an opportunity to travel around and see it in a different angle than I’ve seen it up to this point.”
Wittman, who still has a place in the D.C. area, has also gotten around to having hip and knee replacements that he’d put off while coaching. He’s spent time watching Minnesota’s Tom Thibodeau, Los Angeles’s Doc Rivers and Boston’s Brad Stevens run practices, and yes, he still keeps up with the team he coached for the last seven seasons, including four-plus years as the head coach.
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November 17, 2017 | 9:08 pm EST Update
Noah chose his words carefully, admitting he’s attempting to make the best of a rotten situation and adding, “This is my reality.” On Friday against the Raptors, Noah was inactive for the third straight game since his return from a drug suspension, and coach Jeff Hornacek said he has no plans to change up.
“I’ll be all right. I’ll be all right,’’ Noah said in his first comments since being reinstated. “I understand the situation. I’m going to make the best of it.” When asked if he forsees a role, Noah said, “What can I bring? I don’t know.”
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Doc Rivers on the difference between 23-year-old and (soon to be) 33-year-old LeBron James: “I don’t see a difference except for he’s smarter. I’m amazed, really. We were laughing about it, it wasn’t so funny to us watching film. Most players when they get to his age are smart enough now they see everything. But usually when they get to that age, they’re too old to do anything about it.”