Washington Wizards Players Waiting on Randy Wittman to Deliver on Dunk

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistMay 7, 2014

Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman during the second half of game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Monday, May 5, 2014. The Wizards defeated the Pacers 102-96. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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The Washington Wizards have thrown down plenty of dunks this season, but they're still waiting on one crucial slam. 

Head coach Randy Wittman had promised to complete a dunk of his own if his squad was able to pull off a series victory against the Chicago Bulls, per J. Michael of CSNWashington.com. But he hasn't delivered yet, even though the Wizards have followed up eliminating the Bulls by knocking off the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the next round. 

So, that begs the question: Can Wittman still get up high enough to dunk? 

The 54-year-old coach is 6'6", so he certainly has the size necessary. But age saps hops, and Wittman was never exactly the most athletic shooting guard during his playing days. Sure, he spent nine seasons playing shooting guard and a bit of small forward in the NBA, but he was never much of an athletic specimen. 

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"How can Wittman's players even trust his game plans against the Pacers in Round 2, if they can't even trust that he'll attempt a dunk to come through on a promise he made the team?" CBS Sports' Zach Harper wrote.

Do you really want trust issues during such a crucial stretch of the season? 

Bradley Beal spoke on the matter, via Michael:

Witt got to be a man of his word. He was supposed to do it last round. He had up until the first game (vs. Indiana) to dunk. You know Witt, he needs a couple days to get stretched out. Hopefully he’ll do it. I think he can do it. Maybe.

Maybe Beal, despite his Game 1 heroics, should just refuse to play until his coach delivers on his promise. Hell, maybe the entire Wizards squad should refuse to take the court until Wittman dunks during warm-ups, then they can all come screaming out of the locker room at the same time, ready to play with fire, energy and unrelenting passion. 

Problem is, Wittman might end up coaching from the hospital if that does happen. 

As Michael notes:

Wittman's gait has a noticeable limp and he appears to be a candidate for a knee or hip replacement. Maybe both. Attempting a dunk during the playoffs might mean coaching from the sideline in a wheelchair so he better be careful.

His players don't really seem to care, though, so maybe the injuries aren't as bad as they appear to be when he hobbles along the sideline. Maybe. 

According to Basketball-Reference.com, only two current members of the Wizards stepped on the floor but didn't dunk at all during the season: Garrett Temple and Andre Miller. During the playoffs, that list swells to include Trevor Booker, Drew Gooden, Al Harrington and Kevin Seraphin. 

Oh, and Wittman. 

But of all the aforementioned names, only one man has to complete a slam. The Wizards won't have it any other way.