INDIANAPOLIS –- Now that he has won his first playoff series and he’s in control to win yet another one in his first postseason appearance, Wizards coach Randy Wittman finds himself with something else to prove.
He lost a bet with his players. Wittman, a former shooting guard not noted for his jumping ability, promised the Wizards that he’d dunk if they beat the Chicago Bulls in the first round. The Wizards eliminated them in five games. They’re up 1-0 against the Indiana Pacers going into Game 2 on Wednesday (TNT, 7 p.m. ET).
“Now he’s trying to get out of that. He says he’s going to touch the rim,” center Marcin Gortat said. “That’s what he said which is kind of weird because we said dunk.”
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Shooting guard Bradley Beal is calling out his coach, too.
“Witt got to be a man of his word,” he said. “He was supposed to do it last round. He had up until the first game (vs. Indiana) to dunk. You know Witt, he needs a couple days to get stretched out. Hopefully he’ll do it. I think he can do it. Maybe.”
Wittman's gait has a noticeable limp and he appears to be a candidate for a knee or hip replacement. Maybe both. Attempting a dunk during the playoffs might mean coaching from the sideline in a wheelchair so he better be careful.