Former Wizards coach Flip Saunders often had a tired, embattled look about him as the team’s losses began to mount. New coach Randy Wittman seems to be taking the opposite approach, displaying a wry sense of humor.
As the assembled media gathered in the press room following the Wizards 98-88 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday, the inevitable question came regarding the team’s effectiveness, or lack thereof, in trying to stop the league’s reigning MVP, Derrick Rose.
Here was Wittman’s response:
“Did you think of that question all day? I mean, the guy, hey, we tried every strategy – if you got a new strategy, seriously, call my office tomorrow – but we tried four different things.”
“The way he played tonight, I don’t know if there’s anything we would’ve thrown out there that could’ve [stopped Rose]. So, did he dice it up? Yeah, is that what you want me to say?”
“I think you watched the same game I did.”
Rose’s line - 35 points of 10-of-20 from the floor, eight assists, two steals and three blocked shots. His only negative - five turnovers.