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Team: Washington Wizards
Age / DOB:  (54) / 10/28/1959
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 210
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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

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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