Update: The Wizards made it official on Aug. 9, announcing that Jerry Sichting would join Coach Randy Wittman’s staff as an assistant coach.
“I’m obviously very familiar with what Jerry will add to our staff and I’m thrilled to have him on board,” Wittman said in a release. “His experience playing, teaching and evaluating the game will be valuable on the bench and on the practice court as we continue to develop our players and establish this team’s identity."
Original post: The Wizards are close to filling out Randy Wittman’s coaching staff with the addition of Jerry Sichting, league sources with knowledge of the situation have confirmed. An official announcement is expected to come soon.
Sichting worked previously with Wittman in Minnesota, where both were members of Flip Saunders’s staff with the Timberwolves. When Wittman replaced Dwane Casey and took over as Minnesota’s head coach in January 2007, Sichting had already moved on after being with the organization from 1994 to 2005. Sichting returned to serve as an assistant under Kevin McHale after McHale replaced Wittman in December 2008.
A 10-year NBA veteran, Sichting won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics in 1986 and has also worked as an assistant with Golden State (in 2010-11) and in college at Marquette (from 2005-08). Last season, he served as the head coach of his alma mater, Martinsville (Ind.) High School.
Wittman has already hired Don Newman away from San Antonio to serve as his lead assistant and will enter next season with a staff that also includes Saunders holdovers Sam Cassell, Don Zierden, Gene Banks and Ryan Saunders. Joe Connelly joined the staff as a player development coach after Saunders was dismissed.
Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune was first to report Sichting’s possible addition to the Wizards staff.
The Wizards have yet to announce their preseason schedule, but according the league sources, the team will open in Charlotte on Oct. 7 and play the defending champion Miami Heat in Kansas City on Oct. 24. They will also play at Brooklyn, Toronto, Milwaukee, Cleveland and San Antonio and host the New York Knicks at Verizon Center.
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