Wake-up call: Respect takes precedent in locker room

Wake-up call: Respect takes precedent in locker room
June 6, 2014, 8:00 am
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How much does it matter to Wizards coach Randy Wittman that he had the full support of key players when it came to getting an extension? Apparently a little, though he'd rather be respected than liked. 

Wittman was officially announced to have agreed to terms with the team earlier this week. The deal is three years for $9 million.

"We've got a good relationship. They understand who I am," Wittman said about the show of support from John Wall, Trevor Ariza, Bradley Beal, Andre Miller, Nene, Al Harrington and Drew Gooden during and after the process was completed. "The guys that have been here with me throughout this, I understand who they are. How you have to push buttons and what buttons you have to push. They understand the buttons I have to push and how I do it.

"That's what is healthy, when you have the opportunity now to continue on. This has been two and a half years. Hopefully we'll be standing here in five and a half years talking about continuing moving on. If we can continue that rapport with each other as we have that's always a positive."

A playoff team, a winning record and a happy locker room usually result in a contract renewal.