Randy Wittman defies the odds, is still Wizards coach


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Mark Jackson led the Golden State Warriors to a 51-win season and to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 1992. But it just wasn’t meant to be.

Coaching in the NBA is not a long-term endeavor – the average tenure is just 1.7 years, down from 2.64 seasons in 2008. And you are always one loss away from having to find other work.

Back in November, Bovada released its list of odds for who would be the first head coach fired in the 2013-14 season. The favorite? Washington Wizards Coach Randy Wittman (2-to-1), but he has since weathered the storm. Four coaches this season have not been so lucky. Two others have voluntarily decided to look for greener pastures.

Departure date Team Outgoing head coach Reason for departure
9-Feb Detroit Pistons Maurice Cheeks Fired
21-Apr Minnesota Timberwolves Rick Adelman Retired
21-Apr New York Knicks Mike Woodson Fired
21-Apr Utah Jazz Tyrone Corbin Contract not renewed
30-Apr Los Angeles Lakers Mike D’Antoni Resigned
6-May Golden State Warriors Mark Jackson Fired

Not only is Wittman still standing, but he is now the longest-tenured head coach of a Washington area team by a wide margin.

Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.
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