Washington Wizards' Randy Wittman has a reputation of being a terrible head coach in the NBA. Not only has he never finished three complete seasons as a head coach, he's only won more than 35 percent of his games twice in seven different seasons in the league.
At some point, teams are going to stop hiring this guy, but for now it seems that he's the go-to guy to coach a terrible team and fire a few weeks later.
Aside from that, he doesn't seem to have any idea what he's saying when he talks to the media. In one interview he dropped two beautiful quotes.
First he quipped on his team's inconsistency, "I'm looking down the whole roster, and if I had a cell phone I'd be calling the waiver wire trying to find another body. I mean, I'm just searching right now -- searching for people to give me consistency” (h/t Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.com).
Two things strike me about that quote. First, does Randy Wittman legitimately not own a cell phone? Is that even possible for an NBA head coach? Second, I'd say the Wizards have been pretty consistent this year. Every time they step on the floor you know exactly what you're going to get from them.
Then he came out with, “These guys can win. I don't have any doubts of it. I come in here every day thinking this is the night. I feel good. I might be dumb, but I believe in them. I really do” (via Rich Dubroff of NBA.com). If he thinks his team is going to play well without Nene Hilario and John Wall then he may legitimately be dumb.
Regardless of his terrific rapport with the media, we've got to assume a guy who starts out 0-9 is going to get fired sooner rather than later, so let's take a look at some of the guys who could possibly replace him.