Randy Wittman coaches against the Spurs, just minutes from losing it in a good way (Getty Images)
On Nov. 26, the Washington Wizards lost by 26 points, at home, to the San Antonio Spurs. It was the team’s 12th straight defeat to start a season, and it’s hard to characterize just how bleak things were looking at that point. Star guard John Wall was out with a tough-to-explain knee injury caused by wear and fatigue that remains rare for someone his age, with no return date in sight. The team was capped out with veterans who weren’t providing much, 2011 lottery pick Jan Vesely was (and continued to) play his way out of the NBA, and rookie guard Bradley Beal was struggling just as badly, shooting less than 34 percent in the combined months of October and November.
It was a situation that could drive a coach to tears. Which is apparently what happened to Wizards head man Randy Wittman, who was so overwhelmed in the locker room following the defeat that he broke down in front of his players. Wizards swingman Martell Webster tells the story, as relayed by the Washington Post's Sarah Kogod:
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“After we lost that 12th game and he came into the locker room — I don’t even know if he wants me to share this, but I don’t care — and he was crying, man, after that game,” Webster said.