Randy Wittman on the Lineup Search, Gregg Popovich on the Wizards
Randy Wittman will go with a new starting lineup tonight against the San Antonio Spurs, his fourth in 12 games on the season. And that lineup is: A.J. Price, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Kevin Seraphin, and Emeka Okafor. I asked the coach before the game, before the new lineup was announced, if his players understood the coach’s search, or if they are getting frustrated with the process.
“Again, I’m trying. They’ve got to prove to me who’s worthy of that, too. And that’s what I’m trying to find. Right now we’re kind of going a little bit with matchups, too,” said Wittman, mentioning his “banged-up” team, health-wise. He also reiterated his desire for a consistent starting five and a rotation of about four guys off the bench. The search continues…
Before the game, I also asked the hard-to-crack Gregg Popovich about Wittman tinkering, searching for the right lineup combinations, and if the seasoned Spurs championship coach can empathize with that situation.
“It’s been a real tough situation, but they’re going in the right direction. People don’t understand, nobody’s been kicking their butt. They’ve been losing by five, by eight, by seven… whatever… they’re in games. They’re playing hard, they’re pressing, they’re double-teaming, they’re rebounding, they’re doing everything they can. But in this league you gotta have all your bodies. It’s hard to win an NBA game,” said the coach. Popovich concluded: “It will be a tough game for us tonight, no doubt about it.”