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

by August 02, 2012

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.'”