Wizards coach Randy Wittman, along with other members of the organization, will attend memorial services for former Wizards coach Flip Saunders in Minnesota on Saturday.
The timing is such that Wittman could miss some portions if not all of Washington's home opener against the New York Knicks Saturday night.
The Wizards announced Saturday morning that Wittman "will not be available to the media prior to tonight’s game against New York." Travel logistics make it uncertain when he'll return to Washington, a team official confirmed with CSNmidatlantic.com. Pre-game availability with the media for a 7:00 p.m. tip takes place at 5:15 p.m for the home team.
Assistants Don Zierden and Don Newman would split head coaching duties if Wittman is not available.
Saunders, 60, succumbed to lymphoma on Sunday. Part of his lengthy coaching career included two-plus seasons with the Wizards. He was the coach and president for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Wittman, a former assistant under Saunders, replaced his longtime friend as Washington's head coach in 2012.
"It's just tough. You lose a colleague, but not only a colleague a great friend," Wittman said of Saunders earlier this week. "He's been there for me many times to pick me up when I'd been fired or something in my family has gone wrong. It's a tough day."
The Wizards improved to 2-0 with Friday's comeback win in Milwaukee.