[UPDATE: It seems the Wizards are actually working on bringing back Wittman for two seasons, per reports. There's also a quote from a "source" via the Post's Michael Lee that this is "completely a money decision." And while I won't deny that the financial situation could be a factor, to say it's "completely" about money, whomever is saying that, is B.S. And who is saying that anyway? An agent because a job opportunity for a coaching client isn't open like they had hoped? Maybe, maybe not, but B.S. nonetheless, at least in this writer's opinion.]
We’ve heard enough hints about Randy Wittman returning to coach the Washington Wizards, wiped free from the interim tag, that we really don’t need a national report, according to league sources, from ESPN’s Ric Bucher to tell us so.
“…even though no official announcement is expected anytime soon,” concludes Bucher’s first sentence announcing Washington’s plans to retain Wittman.
On May 24, the Washington Post’s Michael Lee wrote:
A source with knowledge of the Wizards’ thinking recently described the situation as “an ongoing process,” adding that the team has no timetable to make a decision. Wittman and his assistants are still under contract for next season, lessening the urgency. But the silence – and lack of aggressiveness in pursuing other potential candidates – has raised speculation amongst agents and rival league executives that they all will be brought back.
Lee also quotes a source who says, “Hey, I could be wrong.”
Ted Leonsis even cooed over Wittman on draft lottery night:
Randy is under contract. The entire staff is under contract. The most important signals to me, was in all the exit interviews, to a man, everyone thought that Randy did a fantastic job. So that gave me confidence that I should interview and I had a quality day with Randy. And we still talking through some things and I feel very, very comfortable that when Nene has been around and a John Wall, both say this was a coach that treated us the right way, respected the game and we listened to him.
So, why the wait to make this official? What’s the hold up?
Is this a slow-drip IV of pixels to gradually diffuse fans who will no doubt express their frustration over the Wizards not going after a Jerry Sloan, or a Nate McMillan, or a Stan Van Gundy, (or a Jeff Van Gundy)?
Some fans are already getting online antsy from Bucher’s report. They shouldn’t be, but they are.
Wittman should be back. The man deserves a chance in D.C. The only argument that can be made against Wittman is his past record as a coach (118-238 all time as a H.C.), but that is irrelevant to what he’s done with the Wizards. Players have responded to him, and look, he’s been around some of these guys for all of their careers — Wall, Booker, Seraphin. Why wipe the slate clean with a new, old-school coach? (I won’t use this space to knock Young/Blatche/McGee per usual, but if there’s ever a reason(s) why Witt deserves a chance…)
I’m with Witt. And the Wizards should be too.
Hell, it looks like they are. So why wait to make a formal announcement?
Due diligence? Are people on vacation?
The Wizards need to end the Internet speculation by uncapping the plug on their coaching-decision constipation.
Wittman, by all means, respects the game of basketball. Now it’s time to respect him and make it official.
But, that’s just me… What do you have to say about it?