Ted Leonsis is about as predicable as sunrise. I expect Wittman to be out and the rumor of D'Antoni coming in to be true. I don't think it is fair at all. I knocked Wittman a lot because of his losing record as a HC but that was before I saw each and every roster he had to work with.
http://www.basketball-reference.com/coa ... ra01c.html
On paper, Wittman's record looks bad.
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Season Age Lg Tm G W L W-L% W .500 Finish G W L W-L% Notes
1999-00 40 NBA CLE 82 32 50 .390 -9.0 6
2000-01 41 NBA CLE 82 30 52 .366 -11.0 6
2006-07 47 NBA MIN 42 12 30 .286 -9.0 4
2007-08 48 NBA MIN 82 22 60 .268 -19.0 4
2008-09 49 NBA MIN 19 4 15 .211 -5.5 4
2011-12 52 NBA WAS 49 18 31 .367 -6.5 4
Career NBA 356 118 238 .331 -60.0
It's very easy to say he can't finish better than 4th out of 5 or 6 teams, and the guy will win you about 25 games. But what takes a little digging is to see EXACTLY what Wittman had to work with each seaon.
This season, Wittman closed with 6 straight wins, but he didn't win until the trade made things better. The Wizards with Nene playing were 7-4. More importantly, by the end of the season Randy was coaching coachable players and everybody on the roster seemed to be embracing accountability and team play (except for Crawford with his volume shot approach). Randy was more like a .700 coach than a .300 coach. Was this season a fluke?
Look at Wittman's teams coached before the Wizards.
The 99-00 Cavs had fat Shawn Kemp, Lamond Murray, Bob Sura, Andre Miller, Brevin Knight and a bunch of bad players. That team won 32 games.
The 00-01 Cavs were similar. They lost Kemp and Sura and gained Clarence Weatherspoon and Chris Gatling. Big Z was injured again that season. They won 30 games.
Six long years between head coaching jobs, Wittman inherited Minnesota post Flip. Dwayne Casey had been fired mid-season. Randy inherited KG, with Ricky Davis as his next best player. Rounding out that team were Mark Blount, Trenton Hassell, rookie Randy Foye (who was then known as the guy the Timberwolves mistakingly traded Brandon Roy away for), and Mike James as their PG. Bad team won 32 games. (They were only 12-30 under Randy but were 20-20 under Casey.)
The next season, Randy had to be the coach during a rebuild year. KG was traded for young Al Jefferson, Ryan Gomes, and Gerald (I'm-not-ready-for-the-NBA) Green. Gomes was second to Jefferson in minutes played. Marko Jaric was next and he was the PG. McCants, Telfair, Craig Smith, and Randy Foye were all less than 2 years in the league. VETERAN PRESENCE: Antoine Walker at the end of the line after Dallas let him go. This team won 22 games.
http://www.basketball-reference.com/tea ... 9/gamelog/
The next season, before he got fired, Wittman started Al Jefferson, Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Corey Brewer, and Randy Gomes. Kevin Love was their rookie off the bench. Wittman lasted to 4-15.
A lot of you don't really like numbers. I suspect my posts are too labor-intensive and too much reading for some. But others really do consider my points, good and bad, and give them thought. I appreciate that.
My conclusion is I believe this past season Randy did an EXCELLENT job. Goodness gracious the man was better than Flip Saunders with this group! Randy had one blind spot IMO, and that was with Jordan Crawford. Otherwise, what didn't Wittman get right? Even Jordan showed a lot of improvement and he played some exciting and at times, very good basketball.
Randy Wittman is a guy who just happens to have the misfortune of inheriting crappy lineups and rebuilding plans. This gig with the Wizards is no different. However, I doubt he has coached a team to 6 straight wins and I know this is the most talent on one team he has ever had to work with.
The man deserves to be coach at least one year.
I am a huge Dave Joerger guy, and that is the one coach I'm afraid I'd be glad to see besides Wittman. Otherwise, I think Wittman has good chemistry with these players and he's coaching defense better than "7 Seconds or Less" Coach D'A will.
Just my two cents worth. Look at what Randy has made of what he has to work with.