Wizards Coach Randy Wittman on life above .500


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We’ve all had a lot of fun with the Wizards finally breaking through the .500 barrier, but ultimately, their fans are hoping that 24-23 does not mark the highlight of this season.

If there were any doubt about that matter, here’s Randy Wittman, discussing his team’s first winning record since November of 2009.

“Everybody’s kind of making a big deal [that] we’re over .500,” Wittman told LaVar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday afternoon. “Holy crap. Let’s hope that’s not something we’re celebrating here. I want it to be something bigger than that. I want these guys to understand not so much we got over the hump, but why did we get over the hump, and how did we get over the hump, and how do we stay over the hump?

“And we’ve got to play one way,” Wittman continued. “We’re not good enough to come in on some nights and say you know what, Johnny’s gonna carry us tonight. We’re just gonna get on Johnny’s back and he’s gonna carry us tonight. We’re not made up that way. We’ve got to play one way, and it starts defensively. And then we’ve got to move the ball. … If we play the way we’re capable of, wins and losses take care of themselves, and that’s where I’m trying to get these guys from a mental standpoint.”

In both of his appearances on local radio Tuesday afternoon, Wittman emphasized that it isn’t enough for his team to blow out Oklahoma City and Portland and Miami if they lose to lesser lights.

“You’ve got to be able to take care of business,” he said. “That’s the main thing I want our guys to do. To play a Milwaukee or a team of that nature, we still got to play the same way we do against Portland or Oklahoma City. I want these guys to get a roll going, to win 8 out of 10, to go on a string of playing [well]. And the only way you do that is to have a consistency in what your’e doing and how you’re playing. And it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, it doesn’t matter how the schedule’s drawn out. Do I think they’re learning that? Yeah. Are we totally there yet? Hey, time’s gonna tell that.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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