Randy Wittman officially gets contract extension from Wizards
When I recently wrote about Randy Wittman’s strange coaching odyssey, I said of the Wizards coach:
Thanks to the NBA office, I can now answer that unresolved question. Since the league introduced the award in 1963, four coaches have met that criteria:
- Rick Adelman (1999 Sacramento Kings)
- Gregg Popovich (1998 San Antonio Spurs)
- Bill Fitch (1985 Houston Rockets
- Tom Nissalke (1979 Houston Rockets)
On the whole, that’s a pretty impressive list of coaches. Apparently Coach of the Year voters don’t always recognize coaching talent – even when a big turnaround and a winning record, common criteria for the award, are staring them in the face.
But maybe it just takes time. Adelman in 1999 and Popovich in 1998 probably weren’t the caliber of coaches they eventually became. If Wittman develops into their class, the Wizards will be very happy.
Washington Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed head coach Randy Wittman to a contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The contract is for three years and $9 million, though the final year is not guaranteed, according J. Michael of CSN Washington. That means Wittman will be a lame duck again in 2015-16.
All along the way, Wittman has – deservedly, I’d say – drawn doubters.
But he got the Wizards to believe in him this year.
Now, to keep his job for more than a couple years, he’ll have to do it all over again.