During the 2011-12 season, Randy Wittman took over for Flip Saunders as of head coach of the Washington Wizards. Since joining Washington, Wittman has improved as a head coach each season.
Wittman has done a great job of getting Washington to focus on team first. He is a good coach who isn’t shy to tell players how it is. He now has the Wizards playing an unselfish type of basketball. It has been a long process, but Wittman finally has Washington players thinking about “us” rather than “me.” The team always comes first in basketball, and he has done a good job at instilling this lesson in the Wizards this season.
He has also done a good job in helping turn this franchise around. When he inherited the team, the Wizards were 2-15 and John Wall was in his rookie season. Wittman has taken moral victories and used them to help Washington get actual victories. The Wizards are currently 31-29 and in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. So far, this is Wittman’s best year as head coach of the Wizards. He has the team looking like a cohesive unit, and he has also done a good job of helping this young team get over the .500 mark.
This is the last year of Wittman’s contract. He has been on the hot seat all season long, and he has done a good job remaining cool. Wittman has substantial locker room influence and a great relationship with Washington’s franchise player in Wall. When he took over the Wizards, the franchise was in the early stages of rebuilding. Ted Leonsis, owner of the Wizards, has told the public that he will not accept losing. With no choice but to produce, this season will be a very important one in Wittman’s career.
Leonsis will most likely take into consideration where the Wizards stand at the end of the regular season and how much playoff noise the team makes. Regardless, Wittman should be given another opportunity in Washington. In his second full season coaching the team, he is finally winning and producing nightly. A new head coach is not what the Wizards need to help their playoff push; the franchise needs to focus on building the roster. Wittman has done a great job through adversity, developed a winning attitude in Washington and deserves to be around beyond the 2013-14 season.