"We are kind of like polar opposites," Wizards' interim coach Randy Wittman said in describing the difference between himself and Flip Saunders, the man he replaces.
The Wizards fired Saunders on Tuesday. Wittman was Saunders lead assistant coach and now will be tasked with trying to improve the teams 2-15 start.
During Wittman's introductory news conference Tuesday, he pledged to have the team play more up-tempo and use point guard John Wall's speed.
"He Wall is a talented player who I need to coach, and he has to want to be coached," Wittman said.
"This isn't brain surgery," Wittman said. "We need to simplify things."
Wittman insinuated that certain players were getting playing time under Saunders based on reputation and they hadn't earned it. Wittman vowed to change that.
"You have to prove you deserve to be on the floor," Wittman said.
This is the third stop for Wittman as a head coach. He was previously head coach in Minnesota and Cleveland.
"I would not have taken this job if I didn't think this team could do better than what it is showing," he added.
Wittman's debut comes Wednesday night at Verizon Center against 3-14 Charlotte.