Randy Wittman Reluctantly Searches For A Training Camp Slogan
In 2009 training camp, Flip Saunders gave his Washington Wizards hats and t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Our Time.”
In 2010, “Back to Basics” was the training camp tagline of choice.
Prior to a lockout-shortened season in late-2011, Saunders balked at tying words to an abbreviated camp. Instead, he handed out a Wizards logo hard hat at the end of practices. Later in the season, gold coins with “Game Changer” on them. Yes, It’s true.
Randy Wittman, before his first season as Wizards head coach, was asked about a slogan for this year’s training camp on Wednesday.
“You know, I’m kind of old school,” he said with a shrug of the shoulders. So old school that the first slogan which crossed his mind arose from the depths of 1979.
“‘We are fam-i-ly’ … I don’t know if you guys remember the Pittsburgh Pirates…”
Yep, we all remember the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. Those buccaneers beat the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series, coming back from a 3-1 deficit. “We Are Family,” by Sister Sledge, famously became Pittsburgh’s theme song that year. And it happened a couple of years before some of the eldest Wizards were born — Brian Cook, Earl Barron, Nene, and Emeka Okafor. Wittman was just a 19-year-old bear cub back then.
“… I don’t know, I think you guys make slogans more than… I don’t ever make a slogan,” the coach continued. “This team is such a new team anyway. This team hasn’t created any highlights, is the way I look at it.”
Hmmm… Not really made for t-shirts and car bumpers — ‘This team hasn’t created any highlights’ — unless you’ve seen a ‘My child hasn’t made the honor role just yet’ sticker slapped on the back of a vehicle.
Is that it?
“And now, it’s up to us as a group… Let’s create some highlights. Let’s create some highlights,” stressed Wittman.
OK, coach, maybe you’re onto something. “Washington Wizards: Let’s Create Some Highlights.” It certainly makes sense, given the Wizards as of late have become more known for low-lights — of the JaVale McGee running the wrong way and Andray Blatche goal tending a free throw variety. I agree, it’s time for the Wizards to stop being comical runoff from the NBA meme factory.
“Maybe next year at this time, I can have a highlight film for them to show and kickoff training camp. This team hasn’t made any highlights together. And that’s what were going to try to do,” Wittman concluded his press conference.
Most people can live without slogans (although the team marketing department will certainly have one for the regular season), but some wins would be nice, too.
Also, it’s just training camp, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Slogans? We don’t need no stinkin’ slogans.