NBA / Dec 7, 2008 / 10:13 pm

Fire Randy Wittman, Hire Jesus Christ

If the Toronto Raptors need to change their image, the Minnesota Timberwolves need to change their coach. After claiming that he sleeps “in a padded bedroom now” in reference to the T-Wolves’ woes a couple weeks ago, it’s time to let Randy Wittman sleep in for good. That’s right, fire Randy Wittman.

Sure Minnesota is a young team, but since taking over for Dwane Casey in January 2007, Wittman is 38-105. And for whatever the reason, he doesn’t seem too worried.

“There’s nothing you can worry about,” Wittman said. “When you get hired, you’re bound to get fired. You don’t worry about it. I’m not. You’ve got to prepare each day. That’s what I’ve got to continue to do.”

Really? When Larry Brown, let’s go with Mike D’Antoni was hired by the Knicks, did he assume that he was going to be fired? I highly doubt it. When coaches take a gig, they assume they have what it takes to win. If you’re Al Jefferson though, it doesn’t matter who the Timberwolves bring in to replace Wittman, as long as the players don’t cultivate the winning attitude.

“They could do whatever they wanted to do,” Jefferson said of Wolves management. “But it starts right here in this locker room with us. Jesus Christ himself could come out here and coach us, but if we don’t go out there and play hard and play together, it won’t mean nothing.”

While I think a team coached by Mr. Christ could win 70 games, I get where Jefferson is coming from.

What should the Timberwolves do?

Source: Yahoo! Sports

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  • N-Truh-Kit

    they need leadership, bottom line. Al is the best player on that team by far but where does/is the veteran leadership? and it doesn’t seem like the players buy into what the coach is selling anyway, which is always a hinderance in itself

  • wiseman

    o ya first post baby i only said this to get the first post:P

  • wiseman

    man i got second:(

  • Gerard

    I see what you’re saying, but “sleep for good?” Sounds like you want somebody to off the poor guy


    KEEP WITTMAN! GET SOME VETERANS! its really not his fault the team is struggling. All of their loses have been relatively close. They are just really unlucky to only win 2 out of those 10 close games. Even Jefferson realizes its up to the players to perform and give there all. And get some veterans, please.

    LOL at Jefferson’s comment…. “Jesus Christ himself could come out here and coach us, but if we don’t go out there and play hard and play together, it won’t mean nothing.”

    Well Jefferson is right, he knows the coach is doing everything in his power to motivate and help his team. But at at the end of the day its all up to the players.

  • http://dimemag.com/ Aron


    Are you serious? With a 38-105 record close doesn’t really count. I agree it shouldn’t always fall on the coach, but clearly things aren’t working out.


    Evidently Kevin McHale seems to be O.K. with keeping Randy Wittman… Every time McHale praises Wittman’s effort on and off the court. But seriously a lot of those “close” games should of been W’s for the Timberwolves.

    Ex. Spurs vs. Wolves this season when Parker dropped 55 and al jefferson missed like 2 consecutive put-backs. Or the blazers game.

    I am sure McHale is perhaps not looking at the win and loss column, but instead on how the games play out (against really good teams) wether they win or loose.

    So if its not the coach, al jefferson knows the answer to the T’wolves problem… *executing

    T’wolves should look to fire McHale before Wittman

  • doc

    Aint shit they can do but hope everybody else get in a plane crash.

  • Richard Wellner

    You can’t fire Wittman, he’s a great coach and he deserves a chance. The problem is that he has bum players. He’s a very good coach, dond’t fire him, stop jumping on the bandwagon.

  • K Dizzle

    Tell me again why Casey got canned. Wasn’t dude like .500 when he got canned for McHale’s fishin buddy?….which is all Wittman is…

  • Max

    This may be the best year yet in the NBA, but the worst teams are really bad, and so many coaches of bad or underachieving teams are on the edge of the guillotine. Wittman and Theus are the latest names, Carlesimo and Mitchell have already been canned, and Dunleavy and Porter and del Negro and Curry (though not in danger of being fired) are getting a lot of heat.

    In the Wolves’ case, though, I think it’s McHale’s incompetence. And you could point to the GMs of many of the other teams in question (Paxson, Kerr, etc) and make similar claims. Got to build a team that has the right pieces and can be coached in the first place.

  • Benoit Benjamin

    Why did they fire Casey in the first place anyway. The guy was doing ok and even had KG’s back. This just shows how dysfunctional their front office is. But I disagree, coaches know they’ll get axed at some point; that’s the definition of their job. Succeed and you’re COY, but the year after you can get canned. So unless you’re sloan, pop or jackson, you know you’ll get fired eventually.

  • dk

    Jesus could get them damn near 80 wins and give Foye a consistent shot!

  • Coop

    Jesus was just a bloke with different ideas. That’s like hiring Don Nelson. Guaranteed failure haha.

  • http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fc/even/rank/rankMen.asp rodnets

    Hire Miami’s Dr. Nick Riviera

  • DoubleA

    Give McHale the boot first. The new GM could then try to make amends with Flip Saunders.