By Mike AndrewsCSNwashington.com Contributor
In the last game of the season, the biggest and most asked question to Wizards head coach Randy Wittman was Do you think youll be back here?
While he dodged the question numerous times, the thought is still lingering amongst many Wizards fans.
Has Wittman done enough to finish the job he started?
Well, lets look at the numbers. He led a young, injury-depleted team to a record of 18-31 including winning the last 8 out of 10 in the final stretch of the season.
He did this in the midst of a blockbuster trade, the two highest paid athletes sitting on the bench (Lewis and Blatche), an injured Jordan Crawford and a frustrated John Wall.
Not bad if you ask me.
A rebuild is going to take time (said in my best Grunfeld impersonation), and Flip Saunders obviously was not the guy for this rebuild. Wittman seems to get through to this team for whatever reason, however. He held players accountable when they didnt perform, he remained positive when the world was crashing down on the organization, and (in my opinion the most important factor), he made sure that the Wizards were not the team to give Charlotte the one win they needed not to have the worst winning percentage in NBA history.
I believe that Wittman has earned the chance to come back for another year. If the Wizards perform as poorly next season, theyre going to have much bigger issues to think about revolving around John Walls expiring contract rather than worrying about what coach can lead this team.
My question has remained since the day he took over.
Does Wittman want the job?
Surely he wouldnt mind the money, benefits and other rewards involved with the title, but in his introductory press conference he stated that this is not what I wanted."
So before the Wizards can move forward with deciding if they want to bring Wittman back, I think Wittman has to make the decision of whether he wants to take the chance on trying to coach this young franchise again.