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Randy Wittman taking ball to the face is the greatest NBA photo of the year

randy-wittmanWashington Wizards coach Randy Wittman earned a victory the hard way over the Brooklyn Nets last night. Wittman’s team has been looking to get back on track after playing poorly for most of December, and he did everything he could to help the team grind out a much-needed victory.

Basically, Wittman showed his players that the “no pain, no gain” theory is a perfectly tangible thing. At one point during the game, a basketball came directly at Wittman’s face. Rather than uncrossing his arms and trying to protect himself, he took it like a man and let the ball flatten his face. It led to one of the best photos you will see this NBA season.

Nothing says grind it out like letting a basketball turn the right side of your face into a whoopie cushion.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman rips reporter who compares team to circus

randy-wittmanWith a record of 26-44 and only 12 games remaining in the regular season, the Washington Wizards have secured themselves a sub-.500 record for the sixth straight season. There has been some improvement since the team’s last playoff appearance in 2008, but the Wizards drafted John Wall with the first overall pick in 2010 and have yet to take the next step.

That doesn’t mean you can go around comparing head coach Randy Wittman’s team to a circus. In fact, WUSA’s Kevin Jones learned on Monday that doing so will earn you more than an earful from the second-year coach. After referencing how the circus was in Washington D.C. over the weekend, Jones asked if Wittman is relieved that the Wizards — who have won seven of their last 10 — are “no longer a circus.”

“You didn’t seriously just ask me that question, about the (expletive) circus being in town?” Wittman asked furiously, via CSNWashington.com’s J. Michael. “Are you (expletive) me? You called this organization a circus at one time. So I’m not going to answer that question.

“I’m part of the damn circus. It’s not a circus around here. … I don’t want to hear that no more. That’s disrespectful.”

Jones later tried to explain his motivation for asking the question, insisting that he was just joking with Wittman at a bad time.

As this NFL coach can tell you, many people do not respond well when their teams are compared to the circus. Jones was trying to have a little fun with Wittman and compliment the team for turning things around to close out the year, but the joke clearly didn’t land. Now he knows for next time.

Thanks to DC Sports Bog for sharing the story

Randy Wittman apologizes after Wizards’ embarrassing loss

randy-wittmanThe Washington Wizards (3-21) and Detroit Pistons (8-21) are two of the worst teams in the NBA, so fans could at least expect them to play a close game when they met on Friday. That didn’t even come close to happening as Detroit blasted Washington 100-68 at the Palace.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman was so embarrassed by his squad’s performance on Friday night, he literally apologized to just about everyone who watched the awful game.

“That was an embarrassment, and I apologize to our ownership and to our fans,” Wittman said after the game, per the AP. “I especially apologize to anyone who watched that entire game. I would have turned it off after the first five minutes.”

The Wizards did have a minor excuse. Nene was out with a foot injury, first-round pick Bradley Beal is out with a back injury, and Trevor Ariza has a calf injury. Essentially you had the B-team for a team full of B-players seeing most of the minutes during the game.

It’s not as if Detroit played particularly well, either. The Pistons only shot .422 percent from the field, though they did make .417 of their three-point attempts. Washington was truly awful. The Wizards went 28-85 from the field for a .329 percent field goal rate.

I don’t care how many injuries the Wizards have, or how long John Wall has been out. Once you start losing games this badly and the coach makes comments like that, it usually signifies time to make a coaching change.