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Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  18 responses

Randy Wittman ‘Wants to Believe’ the Wizards Can Make the Playoffs


There’s been quite a bit of chatter from members of the Washington Wizards this offseason about making the NBA Playoffs next year. Head coach Randy Wittman remains cautiously optimistic about the possibility. From the WaPo: On playoff possibilities: ‘You always want to believe in the playoffs. I think, you’re always striving for that. We’ve got to go out and we’ve got a tough start to the schedule and that’s going to be one of my main emphases with our guys is going into camp and understanding that, when we come out, we’re going to go on the road a lot and we’ve got to be ready for that. We’ve got to be ready for a good start and keep that momentum that we have.’ On John Wall’s statement that he wants to be ‘the savior’ to lead the franchise back to the playoffs: I hope. I mean, this is a big year for John. ‘It’s his third year. He knows the ins and outs. He’s played an 82-game schedule and a 66-game schedule that probably felt like 102 games. John knows, I think, what is expected of him. The thing I like is, he’s embraced it and I think he wants it. Now, it’s a matter of him taking that next step in his game. And he’s put a lot of hard work in thus far and I’ve been happy with what I’ve seen in what he’s been doing. You always want your leader to want to step up to the plate and make that next move. Like I said, we see it on paper we’re taking about it, but we’ve got to do it right now.’”

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  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It all depends on Wall. Can he take that next step during his 3rd season like so many other great players have and become an all-star? Only time will tell.

  • Jake

    It’s funny actually, if the Wizards become the team they could be, they could be very dangerous in the playoffs. They’re full of guys who never realized their potential to be deadly and it’s cost them in the past. If the Wiz can get solid production out of all 5 starters, they’ll be in the 2nd round of the playoffs at least.

  • Mas

    Wall-Beal-Nene-Okafor is a solid and balanced core. Am I missing some other important piece. I hope they get in the playoffs.

  • thor

    Ariza^

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Definately achieveable. 8th or 7th spot maybe?

  • miamigus23

    @GP23 dude ima go further and say that with this group they got they can possibly get that 6th seed! The 4,5,6 spots are gonna be a bit next year with Dwight now playing possibly, the Hawks loosing some pieces, and the Bulls not having D Rose for most of the season. I see these Wizards causing teams some trouble.

  • P

    Wall’s rookie year was very good, but was plagued by injuries. His second year was in a shortened season with a lockout and he made the mistake of playing in too many summer league games. Both years he had the misfortune of playing on crappy teams with boneheads. This year the boneheads are gone, he has a serviceable starting five, and an offseason practicing against the olympic squad. Also the fact that players just tend to get it their third year, I look for Wall to make that jump. Plus, I think the competitor in Wall is fed up with the losing and he’ll be playing with a fire under his butt.

    At least I hope this is what happens…

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Randy Wittman has a coaching record of 118-238, the most games he’s ever won in a season is 32. I’ll believe it when I see it, im a fan of the optimism though

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    And I want a toilet seat made of solid gold, but it’s just not in the cards, baby! *Austin Powers voice*

  • http://slamonline.com/ Abe Schwadron

    Just kidding tho it could happen!

  • Bt

    Wizards won’t be close to the playoffs unless beal is the second coming of MJ. John Wall can’t shoot AT ALL (41%FG 7%3PFG) and his leadership is terrible. He stares down opponents when dunking in blow out losses and openly criticizes teammates in the media. Oh and notice how players get better when they leave walls wizards (young/McGee) and worse when they arrive (Nene). Yeah the wizards are going no where.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^young got better? he got semi stuck on the bench in LA

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^^Nene got worse?

  • miamigus23

    @Bt, dude you obviously dont watch basketball. Young didnt even get better, if anything he got a good look at himself in the mirror in LA and noticed how much his game has to change. And how do we know if Nene got worse if he played only a few games at the end of the season. And dont criticize John Wall’s fg percentage when on of the best, if not the best, point guard in the league has a field goal percentage of 44% and a free throw percentage of 59%, when Wall’s is nearly 80%. And funny how you ignored the acquisition of Okafor, a solid center. He averaged 10 and 8 with a fg percentage of 53% in only 28 min. per game. So it seems they’re not going to have it so bad…

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    I dont blame Wittman for being optimistic in the East. It’s always a toss up for those last 3 spots come playoff time. The Wizards have enough talent to make noise, but consistency is the name of the game for them. Can they develop winning habits and turn the corner is what I’d be worried about.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Wall can hoop. And I always said McGee and Young could hoop.
    Wittman, and Saunders before him, were the weak links. Wish the Wizards had gotten a serious coach with a real pedigree.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^Naw. If Phil Jackson was there they might have gotten 5 more wins.
    I give you reason A: Andray Blatch.
    Just because McGee and Young can hoop doesn’t mean they are good at helping a team win games. Young showed himself on the Clips as not being viable to a winning team, and McGee is going to give you flashes no matter where he’s at, and who he’s playing for. IMO

  • JL

    It’s really in their best interest to keep losing. Another lottery pick will serve to create a solid foundation for this young team. Wall, Beal, and preferably a big man would be a great foundation. With Vesely just running around randomly and dunking.

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