Links: Randy Wittman Reaction Seems Pretty Muted

Mar 12, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman reacts during the first half against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

Today's links:

  • Kelly Dwyer writes that the Randy Wittman hire is another example of how the Wizards necessarily continue to rebuild slowly. [Ball Don't Lie]
  • Kevin Jones writes that the Wittman hire shows the Wizards aren't quite ready to take the next step yet. [WUSA9]
  • Randy Wittman himself disagrees. [CSN Washington]
  • Kurt Helin writes that re-hiring Wittman is the "safe, affordable play," but not a "game-changer." [Pro Basketball Talk]
  • Rob Mahoney refers to Wittman as a "transitional coach." [Bleacher Report]
  • Our Timberwolves blog Canis Hoopus, on Twitter, suggests the "disciplinarian shtick" of Wittman will "wear thin" soon. [SB Nation D.C.]
  • David Elfin wonders how Wittman is any better than the other retread coaches the Wizards have hired recently. [106.7 The Fan]
  • Ted Leonsis comments on the move and notes that it was "disrespectful at times" for people to talk as if Wittman wasn't the incumbent. Seems odd to say that, because Wittman got a new contract. [Ted's Take]
  • More Wittman press conference coverage. [Washington Post | Washington Times | Wizards Extreme | Us]
  • David Aldridge reports that the Wizards are leaning towards taking Bradley Beal over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He also has some notes about the Wittman hire. [NBA.com]
  • Flip Saunders is a fan of Wittman getting the job, but he also sounded like he wished he would have had a chance to coach the post-trade roster. [Wizards Insider | Us].
  • Here's a rumor that the Wizards are interested in bringing Alonzo Gee back. Also in this: speculation that the Suns will offer him a four-year, $16 million offer sheet to pry him away from Cleveland. [FOX Sports Ohio]
  • Executives around the league think the Grizzlies will shop Rudy Gay. This does not surprise me given his contract and their cap situation. [HoopsWorld]
  • Another rumor: Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova may get over $8 million a year, and probably not from the Bucks. [Racine Journal-Times]
  • This article seems to think the Wizards should take Thomas Robinson at No. 3. [HoopsWorld]
  • A nice look at Robinson and Harrison Barnes from CSN Washington.
  • Beal does an interview with Draft Express and talks about why he shot so poorly early in his freshman year at Florida. [Draft Express]
  • The Hornets held a workout for some top picks on Monday. Here's a recap. (By the way, I was told the Wizards won't do individual workouts until after this weekend's draft combine in Chicago). [NOLA.com]
  • Jordan Crawford tweeted out a photo of a bunch of shoes in his fridge. I ponder what this could mean. [SB Nation]
  • A sign that the Goodman League has jumped the shark a bit: Ted Leonsis, of all people, plans to check out a game. Good for them, but imagine that happening three years ago. [Ted's Take]
  • The new court does look pretty nice, though. [DC Sports Bog]
  • John Wall, who said he wouldn't play in as many summer-league games, plays in one where he takes an alley-oop from Chris Brown for the dunk. [DC Sports Bog]
  • Why the Wizards must amnesty Andray Blatche. [Wiz of Awes]
  • This Neil Olshey to the Blazers business is nuts. [CBS Sports | SB Nation]
  • Andrew Sharp thinks last night's win proves the Thunder are the best team in the playoffs. Agree? Let us know in the comments there. [SB Nation]
  • My piece the other day on how the Thunder got good looks for Durant late in Game 4. [SB Nation]
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