Randy Wittman's 22-year coaching journey

Randy Wittman's 22-year coaching journey
June 4, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Randy Wittman has bounced around as a coach for 22 years, made the playoffs for the first time as a head coach with the Wizards this season, took them to the second round and finished 6-5. With the three-year deal he has received from owner Ted Leonsis, maybe he finally can stick. 

Oct. 6, 1992: Waived by the Indiana Pacers, after being a first-round pick of the then-Bullets 11 years prior, and being traded to the Atlanta Hawks and playing briefly for the Sacramento Kings. ... Hired as a Pacers assistant under coach Bob Hill. 

July 8, 1993: Hired as an assistant coach to Quinn Buckner of the Dallas Mavericks.

Sept. 11, 1994: Hired by Minnesota Timberwolves as assistant coach under Bill Blair. 

July 7, 1999: Hired from Minnesota at 39 for his first head coaching job with the Cleveland Cavaliers, replacing the fired Mike Fratello. His opening night starting five were Bob Sura, Brevin Knight, Shawn Kemp, Andrew DeClerq and Cedric Henderson. The bench had Benoit Benjamin, Wesley Person, Danny Ferry, Mark Bryant, Trajan Langdon and Andre Miller.

April 19, 2001: After going 62-102 in two seasons, fired by the Cavaliers. They'd lost 27 games by 10 or more points in his final season. "As much as I am concerned about the number of games we lost, I was more concerned about how we lost them," then-GM Jim Paxson said.

Aug. 31, 2001: Re-hired as an assistant in Minnesota under Flip Saunders.

July 5, 2005: Hired as an Orlando Magic assistant coach under Brian Hill. 

May 22, 2006: Re-hired by the Timberwolves as an assistant under coach Dwane Casey. 

Jan. 23, 2007: Promoted by the Timberwolves as interim head coach to replace the fired Casey. 

May 24, 2007: Signed multiyear deal to remain head coach of the Timberwolves. 

Dec. 8, 2008: Fired by the Timberwolves after a 4-15 start to the season, 38-105 overall, and replaced by Kevin McHale. Minnesota had lost its last two games by a combined 52 points. This was the fourth firing of the young season, including the Wizards getting rid of coach Eddie Jordan. "Certainly we are way behind where I hoped we would be at this time," T'wolves owner Glen Taylor said.

May 22, 2009: Hired as an assistant coach with the Wizards, along with Sam Cassell, to serve under Saunders again. 

Jan. 24, 2012: Promoted from assistant to interim head coach by the Wizards, who fired Saunders after a 2-15 start. Finished the season 18-31.

June 4, 2012: Signed to a two-year extension after strong endorsements from two best players, Nene and John Wall. 

June 3 2014: After leading Wizards to their best season in nine years, 44 regular-season wins and second-round advancement in the playoffs, signed to a three-year extension worth $9 million. 

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