After the Wizards took down Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Sunday night, Randy Wittman had some very nice words for the departing legend, as noted by ESPN's Baxter Holmes:
"I don't know why he's retiring," Wittman said Sunday after his team's 101-88 win over Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. "I might ask him to come play for the Wizards next year."
Clearly, there are a few hurdles to jump over here just to make it a plausible scenario:
- Randy Wittman would still have to be head coach of the Washington Wizards this summer.
- Kobe would have to come out announce his whole retirement tour has been for nothing and that he'll be returning to play another season of basketball.
- Kobe would then have to walk away from everything he's known as a member of the Lakers, and consciously decide teaming up with Randy Wittman in Washington is the best way to spend the next year of his life.
- Kobe would have to acknowledge how weird it is that he's playing in the same place where Michael Jordan finished his career.
It probably goes without saying, but this was probably more about him trying to pay respect to a Kobe than it was about trying to tip his hand at Washington's plans for this summer. As temping as it might be to turn this into a narrative about Wittman trying to bring more veterans to the team, at the end of the day, it's probably just Wittman trying to say something nice about a guy every coach wishes he could have had a chance to work with.