Grunfeld agreed, saying that Wittman "made the players accountable." Saunders had been originally hired to lead a veteran-laded team three years ago, while Wittman appeared to have a better rapport with the young players on the roster. Former No. 1 overall pick John Wall was among the players who publicly lobbied for Wittman to return.
"It's always nice that your players are responding in a positive manner," said Grunfeld, who also signed a new deal this year. "But they didn't have to say it. ... I think they spoke louder by their actions on the court."
Wittman previously coached the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, and his career record on the bench is a very modest 118-238. He said the main thing he's learned is that he can't "reinvent the game," but he is looking forward to implementing some ideas during the summer and at training camp that weren't feasible to introduce in the middle of a compressed season.
"Summer's your time to change," he said.
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