Randy Wittman Fired; Kevin McHale Taking Over

matt ericksonContributor IDecember 8, 2008

Randy Wittman never should have been hired, but Dwayne Casey was forced to make room on his coaching staff for Wittman. It was clear Casey was going to be fired and Wittman would get the job. 

Wittman has had a terrible record every year he has coached, including in Cleveland and Minnesota, so it was a mystery to me as to why we would hire him and be so adamant about it. 

Casey was a solid coach, who had a team full of poor defensive players performing as one of the top defensive teams in the league.  That aside, let's focus on the future of the Timberwolves.

McHale was a good coach when he took over. He went 19-12 and had the team finish eight games over .500, and this time around he is giving up his front office duties to coach the team. 

Hopefully for the Timberwolves, this means the mayor, Fred Hoidberg, is taking over for McHale in the front office. If this team does not show significant improvement, McHale should find himself out of a job because Glen Taylor can no longer justify keeping him around. 

Under Wittman, the team had no offensive flow and looked apathetic on defense, even though Wittman claimed to stress it.  I look for this team to finish with around 25 wins, which I know is not too impressive, but if Wittman was not fired, it would have been closer to 15 wins for the season. 

This team has talent, so let's see what McHale can do with it as coach. Hopefully, he gives Kevin Love some more playing time since he wanted him on the team so badly.