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Randy Wittman can focus on coaching Wizards, not rebuilding them
Randy Wittman can focus on coaching Wizards, not rebuilding them

WASHINGTON — Randy Wittman did not want the job. The idea of receiving a promotion to replace a coach fired in midseason was awkward because he empathized: The Minnesota Timberwolves did the same to him four years earlier. Wittman also was bothered because he would be taking over as head coach of the Washington Wizards from his close friend, Flip Saunders. The two were colleagues with the Timberwolves in 1995, when Saunders was head coach and Wittman was assistant. In 2009, when Saunders became head coach of the Wizards, he hired Wittman again. The friendship weighed on Wittman when the Wizards asked him to take over for Saunders as interim head coach after a 2-15 start in...

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