The Washington Wizards were one of the biggest disappointments in the NBA this season and have one game left to finish the season with a .500 record. Wittman is 177-199 in his five season as the head coach of the Wizards and has led the team to the playoffs twice.
However, he has not been able to get John Wall and Bradley Beal past the second round and that is likely going to be the reason for him being fired. The expectations were high for the team this year with nothing less than Eastern Conference Finals being an acceptable outcome. That all fell apart with injuries among other issues and ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was on ESPN 980 AM in Washington and pretty much guaranteed that Wittman would be gone.
“I mean, look, Randy’s probably 99 percent certain he’s going to be fired on Thursday morning. There were people who legitimately made the case that the Wizards would have finished with the No. 2 record in the East this year and that they had all of the weapons required to go to the Eastern finals and make a run. Granted, they had so many injuries — for a while, I think three-quarters of the way through the season they had the most games missed — but their complete collapse defensively and their inability to execute despite really having a lot of weapons at their disposal was just embarrassing. A lost season, not only because of the [Kevin] Durant thing.”
Windhorst is referring to Kevin Durant’s looming free agency this summer and how a strong season could have convinced him to take his talents to D.C. This team desperately needs some sort of change and that’s likely to come in the form of a new coach. Let’s not forget this fun moment from last year’s playoffs.
Wittman couldn’t even draw up a play before the timeout ended! Come on, dude!