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Wizard’s Wittman tries to keep perspective on 2-15 start

Dec 11, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

Randy Wittman AP

The Washington Wizards are a league-worst 2-15, a team not exactly deep with talent to start now beset by injuries, a team where the healthy veterans are not living up to their billing and the young players look like young players.

Often that is when a coach feels pressure, although Wittman shouldn’t. For one, it’s not his fault there isn’t much talent on the roster and the real talent they do have has been injured. Plus, he is in the first year of his deal and the Wizards are still paying off the last year of Flip Saunders deal, that’s a lot of money for coaches already. Besides, a new coach isn’t changing the situation here.

Wittman, for his part, told he is trying to keep things in perspective.

“There is a lot going on out there in the real world that kind of brings you back to reality,” Wittman said before the 2-15 Wizards boarded a flight for New Orleans, where they will take on the 5-14 Hornets Tuesday night.

“From Kevin McHale losing his daughter to the Kansas City situation, the Dallas situation. There are a lot of things that are a lot more important than winning and losing a game, although that’s our livelihood.”

He’s right. Basketball is not life and death. It should not ever be so. I’ve always been a fan of the Bob Costas line: If you say a tragedy in the sports world brings it into perspective, then you lost your perspective to start with.

But it is a competitive business and right now the Wizards are not competitive. If they don’t become so over the course of this season, things will get a lot more serious for Wittman and other Wizards personnel.

  1. pl4tinum514 - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Seriously? What the hell did anyone in the Wizards organization expect hiring Wittman? I mean the only thing they could have possibly expected was to compete for the #1 pick in the NBA draft lottery. Wittman’s previous coaching record says it all:

    1999-2000 32-50
    2000-2001 30-52
    2006-2007 12-30
    2007-2008 22-60
    2008-2009 4-15
    2011-2012 18-31
    2012-2013 2-15 (so far)

    Clearly, nobody hires this guy to help them win.

    • loungefly74 - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      good stats. nice.

      wizrds need to start hitting some bulleyes in the draft…because no (good) FA is signing there…

  2. gmsalpha - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Thank goodness for Robert Griffin III and Bryce Harper. At least Washington DC-area residents have something positive going on in the sports world.

  3. cousineddy - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Phil Jackson wouldn’t be able to win with many games with that roster

  4. bigbenh8tr - Dec 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Bob Costas seriously? the guy who botched the coverage of Belcher. keep your politics out of our sport

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