The Info List - Randy Wittman

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RANDY SCOTT WITTMAN (born October 28, 1959) is an American retired basketball player at the guard position and former coach of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
, Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
, and Washington Wizards .


* 1 Playing career

* 1.1 High school * 1.2 College * 1.3 Professional

* 2 Coaching career * 3 Personal life * 4 Head coaching record * 5 References * 6 External links



Wittman starred for Indianapolis
Ben Davis High School from 1975–1978. He averaged more than 23 points a game for Ben Davis, which remains the second highest average at the school, and became one of the nation's top recruits.


The 6'6" Wittman played college basketball from 1979–1983 for Bob Knight and the Indiana University Hoosiers . The 1979–80 Hoosiers, led by Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas
, won the Big Ten championship and advanced to the 1980 Sweet Sixteen . The following season, in 1980–81 , the Hoosiers once again won a conference title and advanced to the NCAA Championship against the North Carolina Tarheels .

The Hoosiers trailed the entire first half of the game until Wittman scored at the halftime buzzer with a deep corner shot. The Hoosiers went on to win the game by a 63-50 tally, making the 1981 NCAA tournament the school's fourth national title.

In 1982–1983, with the leadership of Wittman, the No. 1 ranked Hoosiers were favorites to win another national championship. However, with an injury to star player Ted Kitchel mid-season, the Hoosiers' prospects were grim. Knight asked for fan support to rally around the team and, despite long odds, the team ultimately won the Big Ten title. Nevertheless, in the tournament Kitchel's absence was felt and the team lost to Kentucky in the 1983 Sweet Sixteen . Wittman was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and a consensus second team All-American in 1983. He became a member of Indiana's Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
and was named to Indiana's Silver Anniversary Basketball
Team, in March 1996.


Wittman was selected by the Washington Bullets with the 22nd pick of the 1983 NBA draft
NBA draft
. However, he never played for the Bullets with his rights being traded to the Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks

Wittman spent the early portion of his career with the Hawks, sharing backcourt with Glenn "Doc" Rivers and Anthony "Spud" Webb , and starting most of the games from 1985–88 (while averaging 12 points and 3.5 assists in those years combined).

After a small spell with the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
, he became a fringe player with the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
, retiring in 1991–92 after three unassuming years. For his career, Wittman averaged 7.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, shooting just over 50% from the field.


In 1992, Wittman began his NBA coaching career as an assistant coach, first with the Pacers. He spent one season in Indianapolis
and another with the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
(and later with the Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic

Subsequently, Wittman spent from 1994–99 with the Minnesota Timberwolves , in the same capacity. During that period, he helped in the development of Wolves' star forward Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
. Wittman then served as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
for two seasons, (1999–2001), compiling a record of 62-102.

On January 23, 2007, Wittman became the head coach of the Timberwolves, succeeding Dwane Casey ; he had already started the season as assistant to the former.

On December 8, 2008, club owner Glen Taylor fired Wittman after a 4-19 start, asking Kevin McHale to step in, in a complete change of the organization's structure, as the former Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
great had been Minnesota's vice-president of basketball operations since 1995.

Wittman became acting head coach of the Washington Wizards, accepting the position after Flip Saunders