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Wizards coach “wants to believe” they can make playoffs

Aug 2, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

Randy Wittman AP

Randy Wittman earned the job as Wizards head coach. He took over for Flip Saunders in the middle of last season and the Wizards improved under him. Improved enough that the Wizards ownership took the interim tag off and kept him.

So what are his plans for next season in Washington?

Make the playoffs. That’s what he told Michael Lee of the Washington Post.

“We want to take the next step and what we kind of did as the year progressed and Nene coming over here at the trade deadline and our improvement from the defensive standpoint. That’s got to be a main focus for us to get better and better defensively….

“You always want to believe in the playoffs. I think, you’re always striving for that. We’ve got to go out and we’ve got a tough start to the schedule and that’s going to be one of my main emphases with our guys is going into camp and understanding that, when we come out, we’re going to go on the road a lot and we’ve got to be ready for that. We’ve got to be ready for a good start and keep that momentum that we have.”

Washington has upgraded its roster and the playoffs are a possibility.

But it really doesn’t come down to Wittman. It comes down to John Wall. He has talked about taking the next step forward, about living up to his elite point guard potential. This is the year he has to do it. If he does, the Wizards are a playoff team. If not, they are not.

  1. lakerluver - Aug 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    I want to believe that I can date Sofia Vergara!!

  2. dysraw1 - Aug 2, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    the Wiz have a shot this year, however as big a part that Wall will play im more concerned about the health of team an its mental state. what i mean is they can’t come in thinking same ole same ole, attitude is part of the problem

  3. jwreck - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    What a weak statement. Just pathetic. Rex Grossman said before the 2011 season that he really thought the Redskins could go to the NFC championship. Obviously that was not realistic and he was ridiculed, and the whole statement came of as completely ridiculous. However, it did show that he believes in his team, and teams can’t win unless their leaders believe in them. While it does cause me internal anguish to ever associate Rex Grossman with the word “leader”, he is clearly superior to Randy Wittman in this regard. “I want to believe we can make the playoffs”. Who says that? If I was Ted Leonsis, I’d fire him on the spot for a comment like that. People love to hate Rex Ryan and his yearly promises of Super Bowls, but the guy has confidence, and even stupid confidence is better than waffling, pessimistic indecisiveness:
    “I am considering the possibility that maybe, at some point in the future, that I may decide to hope that the playoffs may be worthy of consideration.”

    Screw that. Screw this guy.

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