I like Randy Wittman, I really do. He took over a team in that was in shambles. He took a team that had no identity and gave it one. Every night, the Wizards are going to play defense. Every night, the Wizards are going to run. Every night, the Wizards will play disciplined basketball; and if a player doesn't, they will be taken out of the game for a player who will. I am very appreciative to him for making this team fun to watch. Even when they lose, the games where I am angry with them are much fewer and farther between. Witt has never been a solid X's and O's coach. No one would accuse him of managing minutes and rotations well, but that isn't what this team needed these past couple of years. They needed discipline and an identity. Randy gave them that.I read all the time about how great it would be to have an offensive system that didn't rely so heavily on mid range jumpers and I agree; they take up way too large of a portion of the team's offense. But, I firmly believe that if the Wizards, pre-Wittman, were taught the Spurs system and knew it cold, they wouldn't run it well because they weren't disciplined.
With that being said, I think he has taken this team as far as he can. This team is now ready to implement advanced offensive concepts. They can handle the responsibility of learning an offense that is more complex than P&R and let John create magic. Sadly, Wittman isn't the guy to teach them. It isn't his strength. I don't know who that guy is (it could be some young up-and-comer like Shaka Smart, or it could be a seasoned veteran assistant who we don't know) but what I do know is that Randy Wittman isn't that guy.
I'm calling it. The Wizards need a new coach but if that new coach takes them to the next level, every fan should hold a deep debt of gratitude to the guy who will be forgotten by the record books but who laid the foundation for success. This isn't a mean spirited calling for a coach's head. Like I said when I started, I really like Randy Wittman; he has just coached this team to the point that they are better than he can handle.