Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman appears to have reached a boiling point after going nearly a month into the NBA season with his team still without a win, according to a report from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.com:
“I’m looking down the whole roster and if I had a cell phone I’d be calling the waiver wire trying to find another body. I mean, I’m just searching right now — searching for people to give me consistency.”
The Wizards are currently 0-9 following Monday night’s seven point loss to the Pacers at home in Washington D.C., and the team still doesn’t have a firm time for John Wall’s return. Wall had been diagnosed with a stress injury to his left knee cap in September. The initial timetable for his return was eight weeks, which would have his season debut set for the end of November, but the team has remained mum on his return to the court and he doesn’t appear ready to play any time soon.
Wittman said he doesn’t have any idea who to start or who to play because of the inconsistency from the entire roster. The Wizards are currently playing up to 13 players on any given night and it’s a number Wittman said he’d like to see whittled down to only an eight-man rotation in order to compete at an NBA level:
“I don’t know who to start, who to play, who not to play. It’s the confusion of different guys every game. We have no consistency of play in our group. It’s just so inconsistent top to bottom. I’d love to have an eight or nine-man rotation. That’s my dream. And I’m playing 12 and 13 [players] every night. You can’t do that in an NBA game. You have to develop a [starting] group and a group that comes in. I’m having a tough time doing that.”
The team is dead last in the Southeast Division, behind the Orlando Magic. The offseason was particularly eventful for the Wizards, who parted ways with Rashard Lewis in exchange for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, and the team also used its amnesty clause this summer on the oft-troubled Andray Blatche. The team also saw the departure in March of JaVale McGee in a trade with the Denver Nuggets that sent Nene Hilario to the Wizards.
Wittman said he “might be dumb,” but he believes in his team, though he admitted that he has been particularly baffled by the poor shot selection so far this season. The team is last in point per game at 86.6, last in shooting percentage at 40.1 percent and 25th in three-point shooting percentage at 31 percent:
“We were turning down shots to take worse shots. I know somebody in here is going to ask me, ‘Why do they do that?’ I don’t know. I don’t know.”
Perhaps the lone bright spot for the Wizards this season has been the continued development of their No. 3 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Bradley Beal has been in and out of the starting line-up this season, as Wittman has also given the starting nod to Jordan Crawford as of late, but Beal has been averaging 11.7 points in 27 minutes per game. He led the team in scoring off the bench in Monday’s nights loss to the Pacers with 18 points in 29 minutes.