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Wittman promises up-tempo, simplified offense for Wizards

Jan 25, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

Randy Wittman AP

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

“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.

  1. mjbulls45 - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    whats worse in the DMV?

    Mike shanahan and his decision making thus far with the Redskins , especially at the QB position,


    the wizards

    or THE TERPS –

    firing Ralph Fridge after him coming off the ACC coach of the year,

    yeah Fridge only put how many players in the NFL championship round this past Sunday? Vernon Davis, Torrey Smith, Williams, etc, – Terps were mentioned in the broadcast in both games, big love,

    but yeah go ahead and fire him,

    and then Gary Williams “retired” (that one is probably legit, bc I think he was done after Jordan Williams went to the NBA)

    the caps losing every playoffs ,

    Georgetown b-ball a surprise good year , not surprising tho when you have a great coach.

    thats about it.

    PLEASE FIRE BIG TIGGER FROM THE WIZARDS GAMES, he’s a bad DJ and not good for the team. You dont need people like that around the organization,

    then they wonder where the bad attitudes come from? – mcgee, blatche, etc… its the DJ!

    • irvness21 - Jan 25, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      I have officially seen it all.. Fire the DJ cause the team sucks… Its the DJ’s fault that the team cant hit the ocean from the beach… U sir need to stop drinking on your lunch break….. Or maybe you need to start drinking on your lunch break!!!! Slap yourself for that dumb a*s comment….

  2. thebigkahuna23 - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Seriously? You want to blame the DJ? Wait!!! Now I see it! It wasn’t Gilbert blowing the team up with that gun incident. It wasn’t trading away Gilbert, Jamison, Butler, or Haywood. It was the DJ!!! Mjbulls45 you are a donkey.

    • aboogy123456 - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      I love Big Tig! I don’t care if he’s a good DJ but he’s a good personality and is a fixture at wizards games. Having someone like that in DC brings a little culture and tradition, I like it a lot.

  3. rgledz - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Good luck with Randy Wittman, everybody’s favorite interim coach. He’s always done so well. (sarcasm)

    a Wolves fan

    • dluxxx - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      I heard the Wizards are trying to swing a deal to get Dwane Casey to come in after Wittman. They will then move on to Kurt Rambis before trying to lure Rick Adelman away from the Wolves.

      There is something to be said about learning from other’s mistakes. Maybe the Wizards will figure it out before it’s too late…

  4. goforthanddie - Jan 25, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    I have nothing against they guy, but why bother? He’s not getting the job full-time, nobody will want to listen unless they’re playing for a contract…Having him finish the year is just extending what’s already happening. A couple of very good options are available right now, WASH should be getting one of them signed and on the bench ASAP.

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