Wizards coach Randy Wittman: Bradley Beal ‘too soft’ against Rockets
Wizards coach Randy Wittman publicly questioned Marcin Gortat’s toughness.
Let’s see how it’s taken by Bradley Beal, who shot 5-for-15 and committed seven turnovers in Washington’s 109-103 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday.
Wittman, via J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic:
But that’s not the whole story.
Beal, a 34-point performance against the Suns acknowledged, has struggled since his shoulder injury. The turnovers against Houston were the nadir. These were particularly sloppy, and they made Beal look soft.
So, if Beal is put off by Wittman, now isn’t the best time to express it. Wittman’s criticism is too accurate.
But if Wittman keeps bluntly assessing his players publicly, they might lose patience. Right now, Beal is at least content to say the right things. That might not remain the case.
This is a typical case where winning cures all ills. If the Wizards play better, Wittman would have less to criticize. And if Wittman’s happier, his players would have less reason to rebel.
But how does Washington get back on track, especially if Beal’s slump continues? And if they don’t win more, what’s to stop Wittman from sharpening his criticism? He’s always been blunt, for better or worse. Beal getting healthier might be the best hope, but it’s not even certain the injury is still bothering him.
The Wizards might not want to fire Wittman, but if they keep losing and he keeps publicly chastising his players, they might reach a breaking point.
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