Jan 25, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT
Keep it simple, stupid.
That is the philosophy of new Wizards interim coach Randy Wittman, who takes over for the fired Flip Saunders. He has a young team and he doesn’t want to overwhelm them. Here is a quote via CSNWashington.com.
“This isn’t brain surgery,” Wittman said. “We need to simplify things.”
Wittman was going to go with some coaching basics — no playing time based on reputation, you’re going to have to earn it. Not that any Wizards player has really earned it this season, but now play well and see your minutes increase. Play bad and it falls.
He also vows to have the Wizards playing faster. Washington is already playing at the third fastest pace in the league, but playing fast when you have John Wall — probably the fastest player with the ball in his hand in the league (Derrick Rose is in that conversation, but that’s about it) — is always smart. It’s just getting people to run and do the little things with him.
Wittman needs to try and instigate a culture change, one of professionalism, preparation and focus. Wittman’s history as a coach makes you wonder if he is the guy who can get that done. Or if with this roster it really matters who the coach is. But he gets first crack at it. And he’s keeping it simple.
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