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Report: Wizards near three-year contract extension with coach Randy Wittman

May 27, 2014, 4:01 PM EDT

Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman reacts during their NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Manhattan Reuters

Wizards coach Randy Wittman came into this season on the hot seat — owner Ted Leonsis wanted to make the playoffs now and wanted to see development from John Wall and Bradley Beal.

He got it.

The Wizards played Top 10 defense, won 44 games and got the five seed in the East — then knocked off the Bulls in the first round. They made the Pacers work for it in the second round. Yes, the East was down, but the fact is the Wizards were improved and showed it in the playoffs.

As expected, that is earning Wittman a contract extension, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo sports.

Wittman has his critics — his team takes too many midrange jumpers, for one — but he has earned this extension.

How good the Wizards are next season may be less about Wittman — or even Wall and Beal — and more about offseason moves. Both Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat (both of whom played key roles in the playoffs) are free agents. Do the Wizards bring them back, or does GM Ernie Grunfeld spend his available $16 million in salary cap space the team has on other free agents? How much does Leonsis let him spend?

Whatever the roster, Wittman will be the coach. He’s earned that.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - May 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Any time you can lock down the losingest coach in NBA history… you gotta do it.

    • sportsfan18 - May 27, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      With the Cavs, Wittman had a .398% winning percentage.

      The coach right AFTER him had a .298% winning percentage

      The coach after that one had a .225% winning percentage

      Then more recently, Byron Scott had a .278% winning percentage with the Cavs

      and Mike Brown had a .402% winning percentage which was only a game or two better than Wittman’s.

      Folks LOSE sight what a good job is or not based on wins and losses.

      You know a coach could lead a team to 50 or 51 wins and the playoffs and NOT have done a good job with them right? Other coaches might have had 57 or 58 wins and a deeper playoff run.

      Maybe the coach of a 27 win team would have been the coach to get the winning team from 51 wins to 57 or 58 wins… and the coach that got them to 51 wins might have only gotten the other team to 20 wins instead of 27 wins.

      Just because one coach wins 51 games and another coach only wins 27 games doesn’t mean anything in and of itself.

      Being a GOOD coach is getting the MOST out of a group of guys and not all winning coaches do this, they leave wins on the table.

      Wittman’s record has EVERYTHING to do with the teams he’s coached. The Cavs? Look at what others have done with that team.

      The other teams Wittman has coached are as follows:

      Minnesota Timberwolves

      Washington Wizards

      So, when you’ve coached the Wolves, the Cavs and the Wizards for your only coaching stops, you AREN’T going to have a lot of wins.

    • spthegr8 - May 27, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      ^^^^ LMFAO. Seriously. The guy is avg @ best!! ^^^^ Not worthy of an extension.

      • sportsfan18 - May 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM


        I wasn’t specifically talking about Wittman…

        My LARGER point was that way too many people simply gloss over things like wins and losses when deciding who is a good coach or not.

        There is no way to prove this but I really believe that if POP had coached each of the teams that Randy did when he did with the exact same rosters… he would have gotten more wins out of each team.

        BUT. on the OTHER hand, I believe that other coaches would have gotten LESS wins with those teams than Wittmann did.

        I never said Wittmann was GREAT. So for you to be laughing and telling me he’s average, well I didn’t really touch upon whether he’s great or average.

        Reading comprehension sir. My point wasn’t whether Wittmann was great, average or below average but simply to point out that there are MORE ways to judge a coach than wins and losses.

      • spthegr8 - May 27, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        Actually, my comment wasn’t directed to you. It posted in the wrong spot. I was laughing @ what Pro basketball pundit said and agreeing with him. So, thanks for the long response but, I wasn’t even talking to you. I appreciate the long response tho.!!

      • sportsfan18 - May 28, 2014 at 9:41 AM

        what does a long response have to do with anything?

        for those with good reading comprehension skills and an attention span longer than 20 seconds, a long response it’s anything at all…

      • spthegr8 - May 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        What part of I wasn’t talking to you did you not comprehend.??

  2. watermelon1 - May 27, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    He obviously didn’t do a good job knocking some sense into Wall for these playoffs.

    Dude single handedly sabotaged the Pacers series. Refusing to feed the hot hands and instead throwing up ridiculously horrible shots or just flat out turning the ball over.

  3. watermelon1 - May 27, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    If they don’t do everything they can to re-sign Gortat… they deserve 10 more years of mediocrity until they have been so bad for so long that they are forced to change their name/logos/colors as part if a huge rebuilding and re-imaging campaign.

  4. shanelsweet - May 27, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    He’s a fun coach to watch, and the players like him a lot and play hard for him. If the Wiz can get him to agree to a 3 year deal, then he’s cheap too. Other coaches are getting longer deals that haven’t won a game in the NBA. There’s really nothing not to like about the Wiz trying to bring everybody back next year. Please don’t blow up the team now, Ted and Ernie, trying to chase somebody like Love this year when somebody like Durant will be available just another year down the road.

  5. boutdatcomment - May 27, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Will the GM give him big name addition like Love, Melo or KD?

  6. bmadormo - May 27, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Ariza and Gortat must be brought back. This is a good team and their leadership is vital to getting to next level.

  7. mackcarrington - May 27, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    I don’t know about Gortat, but Ariza is going to chase the money. That’s all he has ever done.
    That’s not a putdown, but a fact.

  8. bigbenh8tr - May 27, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    In typical Wizards fashion they will manage to resign Wittman and trade Beal for some inferior big splash signing

    • bigbenh8tr - May 28, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Thanks for the thumbs down. Please look at the track record of how they have handled their all-star players since Chris Webber was a bullet. You’re welcome for the insight.

  9. ebecks34 - May 28, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    The first Grunfeld domino to fall! Now wait for the 70million/5 years for Gortat, 40millions/4 years for Ariza and a sweet 3 year deal for Professor Andre Miller. Ladies and gentlemans, Wizards basketball!

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