Randy Wittman Rumors
A quick glance at the box score revealed he was referencing Marcin Gortat. Three days later, Gortat explained he didn’t appreciate Wittman’s public stance. “I don’t think it was necessary to call me out in the media like that,” Gortat said Friday after pausing for nine seconds before answering a question on the subject. “But it happened. I heard a different story in training camp, that stuff like that won’t happen. But it happened. So I disagree with what he did.”
Gortat said he hasn’t spoken to Wittman about the situation and doesn’t want to because he has “nothing to talk about.” Gortat, 31, is in the second year of a five-year, $60 million contract. “It is what it is. He’s the man who’s in charge and I’m a player,” Gortat said. “I have to follow the rules. I have to follow what he says and, hey, that’s it. It’s a business.”
“We don’t hit anybody and rebound the ball,” Wittman said after the Wizards’ 125-101 loss at Verizon Center. “We got guys that play 27 minutes and get one defensive rebound. I can get a rebound. I guarantee you. You give me 27 minutes on Saturday, I’ll get you a rebound.”
“We’re just too soft of a team right now,” Wittman said. “I might as well stick four guards and a center out there and play because we’re getting beat on the boards with my supposed big men out there.”
Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman missed the first quarter of Saturday night’s 117-110 loss to the New York Knicks because he was attending the memorial service for longtime NBA coach Flip Saunders in Minnesota. Wittman returned as the second quarter was starting.
Randy Wittman is slated to attend Flip Saunders’s private memorial services in Minnesota Saturday. Saunders died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma last Sunday at the age of 60. Wittman was a close friend and coached under Saunders in Minnesota and Washington. He replaced Saunders as interim Wizards coach only after Saunders convinced him to take the job.