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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Wizards announce that Randy Wittman will remain coach

The Washington Wizards announced today that Randy Wittman will return as head coach for the 2012-1013 season. A news conference has been scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Verizon Center for Wittman and team President Ernie Grunfeld.

Thrilled to return. (Manny Ceneta - AP)
“We are excited to bring Randy back as head coach and give him the opportunity to build on the positive momentum that the team showed under his leadership last season,” Grunfeld said in a statement.  “We were very pleased with the development of our young players and the commitment to winning he instilled despite taking over the team under difficult circumstances.”

Wittman replaced Flip Saunders during the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 season. Wittman went 18-31, but the team was 11-14 after completing a trade with Denver for Nene. The Wizards were 7-4 with Nene in uniform.

“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity that [owner Ted] Leonsis and Ernie have given me and I’m thrilled to be returning to work with these players and this organization,” Wittman said in the same statement. 

More to come.

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