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Continued: Wittman returns but he's not the same NBA coach

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 6, 2013 - 6:51 AM

“My record is what it is,” Wittman said. “There have been some tough situations, but I’ve been grateful for every situation I’ve been in. To have the opportunity to coach in Cleveland and Minnesota and now here in Washington? I’ve never looked at it as, ‘Boy, I’ve never had a great situation.’ I’ve gotten three situations people never get. Never lose sight of how rare these jobs are.

“I’m a basketball coach. That’s what I am.”

Still a Minnesotan

Wittman still calls Minnesota home. He owns a house here, and the family spends summers here. So Wittman is coming home with a team that is improving and a coaching style that is evolving.

OK, so he’s never going to be cuddly. Indeed, after a recent loss in Detroit, Wittman criticized his players for complaining about minutes and shots during the game.

But, he still insists, he has mellowed. His players have been through adversity and profited from it. So has he.

“It’s a little bit more of, ‘Hey, we’re in this together,’ ” Wittman said. “ ‘It’s not on you, it’s on all of us. Let’s stay in this fight together.’

“I have to say, so far, we have stayed in the fight.”



 

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