Wizards’ Wittman: ‘These Guys Are Hungry’
Coach Randy Wittman’s tenure with the Washington Wizards has been about making the best of less-than-ideal situations. He inherited a team short on experience and professionalism, shepherded a transition toward character and accountability, and found a way to motivate through adversity. With his ability to keep the team committed and competitive, Wittman’s underwhelming 47-84 record has been graded on a curve.
As he enters his second full season, however, Wittman has to do more than keep a rickety house from collapsing. He must erect a playoff contender from a team that has a promising back court in John Wall and Bradley Beal and is bolstered by Friday’s trade for center Marcin Gortat.
“I feel confident in this team,” Wittman said when asked about the Gortat deal. “Where they’re at, where their focus is at, I really like that. I mean, these guys, I think, are hungry, so that’s always important to have. I think we all understand and are fighting for the same things and that’s good. We still expect to fight for a spot in May. That’s our objective here.”