This firing seems to be more about McHale and less about Wittman. Randy, I can't even begin to express how indifferent I am towards you. Your roster has been shoddy, you coached a team that wasn't expected to be good and wasn't good, and all I will truly remember you for is driving a Dwane Casey-led squad directly into the ground after he was unfairly canned. I wish I could say that we'll see you soon, but coaching for two and a half seasons and notching a .266 win percentage probably won't get it done. On the other hand, you weren't catastrophically terrible enough for me to write down notes on the ledger.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves fired coach Randy Wittman on Monday, two days after an embarrassing 23-point loss at home to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kevin McHale, the team's vice president of basketball operations, will take over coaching duties, according to a person familiar with the decision who requested anonymity because an announcement had yet to be made.
Wittman was 38-105 since taking over for Dwane Casey in January 2007. McHale picked Wittman to preside over the team's massive rebuilding project in the post-Kevin Garnett era.
Wittman went 22-60 in his only full season at the helm last year. The team entered this season with higher expectations, but are off to a 4-15 start. After keeping things close in the early going, the Wolves lost by 29 points at New Jersey on Friday night, then were blown out by the lowly Clippers at home on Saturday night to seal Wittman's fate.
Randy Wittman, Minnesota: Wittman seemingly bought more time with a convincing win at Detroit last week. But GM Kevin McHale is traveling with the team on a road trip concluding Friday night in New Jersey. See above on the events leading to Mitchell's ouster in Toronto. This is not a good sign.