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Wizards’ coach Wittman fined $20,000 for profanity in postgame press conference

Nov 4, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

Randy Wittman AP

Randy Wittman should be pissed off. John Wall came back with what early on looks like the same old jump shot (9-of-29 outside the paint so far this season). The top 10 defense the Wizards built last season is gone, they are allowing 108.1 points per 100 possessions through three games (think they don’t miss Emeka Okafor?).

With an owner who is demanding a playoff berth and a GM who also may feel his seat getting warm, well, that’s the kind of storm that gets a coach fired early in the season.

So Wittman let out a little of that frustration Friday night after his team lost 109-102 to the 76ers on Friday and used some expletives during his post-game press conference. When asked what he thought the problem was, Wittman said a “commitment to playing $*#&%ing defense” and dropped another bomb in the same answer.

That’s a no-no in the media friendly NBA world, so Monday the league slapped him with a $20,000 fine.

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Washington is 0-3 to start the season and have the surprisingly hot 76ers, Nets and Thunder this week. If they fall to 0-6, at least behind closed doors you can bet on more expletives.

  1. cbking05 - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Atleast he Fkn cares … or acts like he fkn cares … Now play some Fkn defense!

    • antistratfordian - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      You don’t have to swear to care.

  2. shetalksball - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

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  3. beaverdam21 - Nov 4, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    For the reasons stated in the article, if this gets them motivated to perform better I for one would gladly chip in a little something towards the fine. Every single year…..

  4. Panda Claus - Nov 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    9-20 is a typical start to a Wizards season. They might have to push to achieve that this year.

    The GM’s seat should have been scalding hot already. Wittman may not be on the current Mt. Rushmore of NBA coaches, but I’m not sure that Phil Jackson could win with this group.

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