Randy Wittman admits he’s not motivating Washington Wizards
Losing to the Boston Celtics isn’t embarrassing.
Boston is 15-29 this season – hardly great, but definitely not a record indicative of a team that can’t compete.
But losing to the Celtics when they don’t have Rajon Rando, Avery Bradley and Jerryd Bayless? When they outscore you by four points in the six minutes their backcourt is comprised of two players, Vander Blue and Chris Johnson, on 10-day contracts?
Now, we’re probably venturing into embarrassing territory.
The Washington Wizards had won four of five, but Wednesday’s setback to Boston has Wizards coach Randy Wittman at a loss.
Wittman, via J. Michael of CSN Washington:
Credit Wittman for being so introspective. Way too many coaches just blame players when things go poorly without looking in the mirror.
But Wittman is in his third season in charge of the Wizards. (He took over for Flip Saunders during the 2011-12 season, coaching 41 of 66 games). At this point, shouldn’t he have a better idea how to reach his players?
Wittman has improved immensely since taking over, and it’s clear why. He hasn’t deflected blame, constantly challenging himself to make the right adjustments.
That goes only so far, though.
After signing Wittman a two-year extension that runs through the end of this season, the Wizards have seemingly kept him, at least in part, because they don’t want to pay for a replacement. That thrifty plan made sense when they were outside the playoffs, regardless.
But now that they’re headed to the postseason, maybe a new coach would help get them to the next level.
Whatever the Wizards do with Wittman, they can at least count on him trying to improve as long as they have him.