- - Thursday, April 14, 2016

Former Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman was fired Wednesday night following the Wizards‘ 41-41 season and four-and-a-half years as the coach in the District. He released a statement on Thursday afternoon:

“I would like to express my gratitude to Ted Leonsis and Ernie Grunfeld for allowing me the opportunity to serve as the head coach of the Washington Wizards for the past five seasons. It has been a privilege to work alongside a loyal and dedicated coaching staff and group of players, and I wish everyone in the organization nothing but the best moving forward.

“To the Wizards front office and staff, I am incredibly grateful for the devotion and commitment that you have shown this team. Without you, we would not have had the success that we did over the last five years, including two trips to the playoffs and our first back-to-back winning seasons since 2004-05 and 2005-06.

“To the fans, I fully understand that we did not live up to your expectations this season. One of my greatest disappointments is that we were not able to bring a championship to the great city of Washington, D.C. But through it all, I truly believe we have built a solid foundation and this team is headed in the right direction.”

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