Top 3 Coaches to Replace the Wizards’ Randy Wittman
I’m not a fan of firing coaches or calling for them to be fired, but the writing is on the wall for the Washington Wizards’ Randy Wittman.
Wittman has a 0.460 win percentage as the Wizards’ head coach, and many of those losses came during the Wizards’ post-Arenas era. But, Wizards’ point guard John Wall admitted the team didn’t follow Wittman’s game plan in their recent loss to the Paul George-less Indiana Pacers. In that game, Wittman walked away from the bench as the last shot was being launched at the end of the game from halfcourt. I think the writing is on the wall and he will be gone if they get knocked out in the first or even the second round of the playoffs.
Who could replace him?
1. Alvin Gentry
The former Phoenix Suns head coach, who coached them in their post-Mike D’Antoni years, is very popular as the Golden State Warriors’ assistant coach. Andrew Bogut gave rave reviews of Gentry’s work with the team, which is the top team in the West, by the way. Bogut said, in his CBS interview:
“He’s been huge. Basically he’s our offensive coordinator, like it would be in football. His main role is with reads and spacing and putting in sets, little tweaks. He’s highly responsible for that and does a great job. Unfortunately for us, I hate to say it but there’s a high chance we lose him in the offseason because he’s just too talented of a coach to not be head coaching.”
Gentry’s last stop in Phoenix wasn’t too great, but not terrible either. He had a 0.523 winning percentage and had a 10-6 record in the playoffs in his second season in Phoenix in 2009-10. But, his Suns got swept in the postseason in his second-to-last season in 2011-2012.
Why not hire a former head coach who is helping the top team in the West? He knows how to manage a team already and no doubt knows how to run a wide open, guard-friendly offense that will help the Wizards’ John Wall and Bradley Beal.
A big issue with the Wizards? Just bad spacing, long two-point shots, or things that don’t exist in a Gentry-type offense. Check out what B-Ball Breakdown said about their awful offense, illustrated by one of their illustrations of spacing. That inside-the-yellow-area? Those are those long two’s that teams don’t want to shoot anymore, except for the Wizards.
2. Sam Cassell a.k.a. Sam I Am
He was a solid point guard in his playing days, especially when he played alongside Kevin Garnett in Minnesota. But, he’s gotten a lot of assistant coach experience and had been an assistant in D.C. for five years before leaving for the Clippers last year. That means he knows the culture and the players already. He didn’t leave on bad terms, either. In a guard-heavy league, John Wall and Bradley Beal will benefit from having a coach that was a good guard in his own heyday.
BUT LOOK AT HOW MUCH BEAL LOVES SAM I AM. AWWW COME BACK HOME SAM!
I mean, look at this tape (mind you, some NSFW language):
3. Anyone but Mike Brown, Mike Dunleavy and Nate McMillan. As you can tell, I’m not a huge fan of head coach retreads, with the exception of Alvin Gentry and a couple others like Terry Stotts. Also, don’t count on John Calipari, currently the University of Kentucky men’s basketball head coach, because Wizards owner Ted Leonsis doesn’t like flashy hires in the front office or in the coaching position.
What do you think of my list?