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Team: Washington Wizards
Age / DOB:  (55) / 10/28/1959
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 210
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Verizon is not renewing as the title sponsor for the Wizards' arena, according to Sports Business Daily.
The arena known as "The Phone Booth" will need a new nickname when Verizon's naming rights end in 2018. The Verizon Center should have a terrific backcourt calling that arena home for the next few years while the Wizards look to bring Kevin Durant home. May 18 - 5:23 PM

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Coach Randy Wittman said he prefers to stagger the days he'll rest players instead of resting 4-5 guys at a time.

This sounds a lot like what the Hawks have done, resting two guys or so on the front half of a back-to-back set and another 2-3 on the second half. Looking at the schedule, the Wizards have back-to-back sets on Mar. 22-23, Apr. 3-4 and on Apr. 14-15. Although, the Wizards aren't playing their best ball, so resting guys could come back to bite them.
Mar 13 - 3:43 PM

The Wizards are not considering firing Randy Wittman, sources told CSN Washington.

The Wizards had lost six straight prior to their most recent win against the Raptors, but it doesn't sound like Wittman is in immediate danger. Wittman isn't the world's greatest head coach by any stretch, and while it's fair to question his strategy at times, he's not the sole reason this team isn't living up to its potential.
Mar 2 - 10:53 AM

The Wizards officially added Roy Rogers as an assistant coach on Friday.

Rogers spent last season as an assistant coach with the Nets, and now he will make the move to Washington... it's a slow news day folks.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 03:37:00 PM

The Wizards will add Roy Rogers as an assistant coach.

It didn't take long for the Wizards to replace Sam Cassell and Rogers will head south from Brooklyn where he was an assistant last year. Rogers was a first-round pick back in the famed 1996 draft and played for four teams as a player.
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 05:51:00 PM

The Wizards and head coach Randy Wittman have agreed on a three-year contract extension, according to the Washington Post.

The deal is reportedly worth $3 million per season with the final year as a team option. Wittman guided the Wizards to a 44-38 record this season before bowing out in the Eastern Conference semifinals, marking Washington's first postseason appearance since 2005. He has his players' support, and this extension is a powerful endorsement from management in a league with very high turnover for coaches.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 02:37:00 PM

The Wizards and coach Randy Wittman are nearing agreement on a three-year contract extension, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Both sides were known to have interest in an extension after Washington was eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and a three-year extension would give him substantial job security. Wittman had an inauspicious career before taking the reins in D.C., and the Wizards finished the 2013-14 season ranked ninth in defensive efficiency.
Tue, May 27, 2014 04:34:00 PM

The Wizards are expected to retain head coach Randy Wittman, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Wittman's two-year deal expires this summer but Washington appears ready to lock him up with another multi-year deal following the Wizards' surge into the second round of the playoffs. The 2013-14 season marked the first time Wittman has guided his team to a winning record during eight seasons as an NBA coach.
Fri, May 16, 2014 11:58:00 AM

Wizards coach Randy Wittman criticized his team for a lack of defensive effort following Friday's loss to the Sixers.

"Well, you tell me what you thought the problem was. You watched the game. Commitment to f***ing playing defense," said Wittman. The Wizards were eighth in defensive efficiency last year and the addition of Marcin Gortat should improve their interior. Wittman was likely just letting off some steam following a tough loss.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis recently praised coach Randy Wittman for his "emphasis on defense and his ability to make the players accountable."

Washington ranked No. 8 in defensive efficiency last year, up from No. 23 during the 2011-12 season. Their offense struggled overall (tied for last in points per game) but it clicked during the brief times when John Wall, Bradley Beal, Nene and other key players were healthy. It sounds like Leonsis may be inclined to keep Wittman, whose is entering the final year of his contract, though so far there's been no mention of an extension.
Tue, Aug 6, 2013 01:49:00 PM

The Wizards have three picks in June's draft but coach Randy Wittman and GM Ernie Grunfeld don't want to add three more rookies to the roster.

Washington owns the Nos. 3, 38 and 54 selections this year, but the appear unlikely to use the two second-round choices. Although the draft is still a month away, the Wizards have already been linked pretty heavily to Georgetown swingman Otto Porter, which makes a lot of sense considering their inability to develop quality wing players over the past few years. With Nerlens Noel and Ben McLemore slated to go 1-2 in some order, Porter should be there at No. 3 if the Wizards are interested.
Thu, May 23, 2013 03:13:00 PM

GM Ernie Grunfeld praised and endorsed Randy Wittman as head coach of the Wizards.

"I think Randy did a very good job for us this season," he said. "We improved on the defensive end and that’s one area we really wanted to work on, because we feel if we’re going to be a solid team moving forward, you have to have a foundation and the foundation starts on the defensive end." It doesn't sound like anyone should be anticipating a coaching change right now.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 07:55:00 AM