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FIRED ON 12/8/2008 BY THE MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES. Randy Scott Wittman was born October 28, 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wittman played college basketball at Indiana University where he was a guard. He won an NCAA championship playing for Bobby Knight in 1981 and was the Big 10 Player of the Year in 1983. Wittmas was also inducted into the University Hall of Fame in 1995 for his outstanding collegiate career. He was a first-round draft choice of the Washington Bullets in the 1983 NBA Draft, but was dealt to the Atlanta Hawks prior to the start of the 1983-84 season. During his 9 year NBA playing career, Wittman saw action with the Hawks, Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers, averaging 7.4 points per game and shooting 50.1 percent from the floor.
After the NBA, Randy Wittman moved on to a coaching career. He served one season as an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers in 1992-93. He was then the assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks in the 1993-94 season. Wittman then moved to the Timberwolves for five seasons, 1994-99, as an assistant coach before serving as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers for two seasons, 1999-2001. With the Cavaliers, Wittman posted a 62-102 record. Wittman then came back to the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2001-2005 to serve as an assistant coach. He then spent the 2005-06 season as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic before returning to the Timberwolves for the 2006-07 season.
On January 23, 2007, Randy Wittman became the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, succeeding Dwane Casey. Wittman is quite familiar with the team as he was an assistant coach for the Wolves on three different occasions, totaling parts of ten seasons, including the first half of the 2006-2007 NBA season. His familiarity with the play books and players should help the transition into head coach be a smooth one. Kevin McHale, the Minnesota Timberwolves owner, and fans alike are expecting a lot out of Wittman. Everyone hopes Wittman can be the right coach to lead the Timberwolves into the playoffs. The Timberwolves went 12-30 under Wittman in the 2006-07 season. In 2007-2008, the Minnesota Timberwolves finished 26th out of the 30 NBA teams.
The 2008 season should revive fan interest in the Minnesota Timberwolves. New jerseys will be unveiled and new recruits show promise. Catch a game live and see Randy Wittman in action! Purchase Minnesota Timberwolves tickets today.
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