Randy Wittman became the latest NBA head coach to be fired when the Washington Wizards announced Thursday they were making a change on the bench.
“There were high internal and external expectations for this team coming into this season based on the momentum we had generated over the previous two years,” Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said in a team-issued statement. “Unfortunately, the inconsistency of the team’s performance and effort, particularly on our home court, did not allow us to meet those expectations, and we decided a coaching change was needed.”
To say expectations were not met would be an understatement.
The Wizards were a team on the rise in the East after reaching the second round of last season’s playoffs. They were expected to contend for the conference title this season, but Washington took a step back by finishing 10th in the conference at 41-41 and missing the playoffs by three games.
Wittman went 178-199 over a little less than five seasons as Wizards head coach. He has an overall record of 278-406 as an NBA head coach.
Thumbnail photo via Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Apr 3, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman in the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Clippers won 114-109. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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