Randy Wittman has been officially fired by the Washington Wizards as NBA head coach on Wednesday. Wittman helped Washington to reach the second round of the Eastern Conference last year but fell short of a postseason slot this year.
Marc Stein of ESPN confirmed the news on Twitter.
Randy Wittman has been fired by the Washington Wizards, according to NBA coaching sources
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) April 14, 2016
The Wizards, led by John Wall and Bradley Beal, finished with 41 wins against 41 losses in the 2015-2017 NBA Season, three games short of the eighth placed team in the Detroit Pistons (44-38).
Wittman, a former NBA player for the Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers, started his coaching career as an assistant from 1992 to 2012. He had his first head coaching stint with the Wizards and was with the team since the 2012-2013 season.
Even before the Wizards’ final game against the Atlanta Hawks, there were rumors that Washington management will eventually fire Wittman. The news was confirmed right after the game they won 109-98 to end their regular season.
Earlier this week, there were already rumors that Wittman is on his way out of Washington after a disappointing campaign this year. The Wizards suffered injuries to their key players, particularly to Beal, but the team struggled both on offense and defense this NBA season.
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