Randy Wittman & Rick Carlisle: Coach Talk on Chris Singleton, "Threat" of Suspension & the New Year
Chris Singleton’s run of eight straight starts for the Wizards ended on December 19 against the Magic in Orlando. Actually, it ended at halftime of the December 18 game against the Hawks when Randy Wittman opted for the since waived Earl Barron to begin the third quarter. Since, Singleton has struggled to get on the floor. His coach hasn’t played him in three of the Wizards’ last four games, and the game in which Singleton did see the court, against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 26, he only managed to do so for 6.5 minutes, scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds.
Before tonight’s game against the Mavericks, Wittman’s reason as to the absence of Singleton was simple: not enough minutes.
“There’s not enough minutes to play everybody … can’t play everybody,” said the coach. Certainly there’s more to it. The coach also mentioned the oft-used concept of consistency. But will Singleton have a chance to find it, especially with depleted resources and underwhelming performances from those such as Jan Vesely?
Suspension for Mavs?
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle recently “threatened” his players with suspension if they didn’t pick up their play. “Threatened” being in quotes because it was an empty threat. As Ball Don’t Lie’s Kelly Dwyer points out, it would never happen (#UnionReasons). Still, someone had to ask Carlisle about it. Otherwise, before facing the 4-24 Wizards, the coach spoke about the mental state of his Mavericks and what he turns to when guys don’t respond.
But Happy New Year!
To end on a lighter note, here’s Randy Wittman (sorta) talking about what the New Year will bring for him and his team:
“If I had that power, listen, I wouldn’t be sitting here talking to you guys,” said Wittman. “I’d be doing a lot bigger things,” when asked what he would be doing.