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Randy Scott Wittman (born October 28, 1959 in Indianapolis, Indianamarker) is a retired Americanmarker basketball player, in the guard position, and former coach of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves.

Playing career

College

6'6" Wittman played college basketball at Indiana University, winning an NCAA championship playing for Bobby Knight in 1981, and was the Big Ten Player of the Year in 1983. He became a member of the university's Hall of Fame and was named to Indiana’s Silver Anniversary Basketball Team, in March 1996.

Professionals

Wittman was selected by the Washington Bullets with the 22nd pick of the 1983 NBA Draft. However, he never played for the Bullets, his rights being traded to the 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, he became a fringe player with the 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.

Coaching career

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 (and later with the 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. Wittman then served as head coach of the 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 great had been Minnesota's vice-president of basketball operations since 1995.

Wittman is now an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards.

Personal life

His son Ryan Wittman stars for the Cornell Big Red basketball team; he helped lead the Big Red to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years during the 2007-08 season, and again led the Big Red into the NCAA Tournament in 2009.

Coaching record

CLE
1999–00
82 32 50 .390 6th in Central
Missed Playoffs
CLE
2000–01
82 30 52 .366 6th in Central
Missed Playoffs
MIN
2006–07
42 12 30 .286 4th in Northwest
Missed Playoffs
MIN
2007–08
82 22 60 .268 5th in Northwest
Missed Playoffs
MIN
2008–09
19 4 15 .211
Career
318 101 217 .318

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