Wizards Coach Randy Wittman has been fined $20,000 for using profane language during his postgame news conference last Friday following Washington’s 109-102 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at Verizon Center.
Wittman has been known to offer brutally honest and frank assessments of his team after losses, but the NBA felt he crossed the line when he cursed his players’ effort defensively after the Wizards gave up 65 second-half points and allowed the 76ers to shoot 51.1 percent from the field for the entire game.
After the game, Wittman was asked about being 0-2 and to explain what he thought was the problem. Wittman replied, “Well, you tell me what you think the problem is? You watched the game. Commitment to [expletive] playing defense. That’s what it is. That’s what it boils down to.”
The Wizards are now 0-3 for the third straight season – and fifth time in the past seven seasons – and currently rank 30th in opponent’s field goal percentage (51.2) and 29th in opponent points per game (108.3). They ranked in the top 10 in those categories last season, when center Emeka Okafor served as the team’s defensive anchor.
“The thing is our guys, we haven’t learned and I got to figure out a way,” Wittman said after the loss to the Philadelphia. “You see it coming out of the locker room. Got to respect the game, your opponent. We came out, in the first half and got after it. Created turnovers. And in the second half, there was absolutely none. Our guards were picking up their guards at the free throw line. We had no pressure on the wings. We created nothing. Like we’re going to come out and play and think we’re going to win the game. This has happened over and over and over again. And I’ve got to figure it out. That’s obviously the first question. I’ve got to figure out to get these guys to play the right way for 48 minutes. That’s what it boils down to.”