With the signing of Derek Fisher as head coach of the New York Knicks, and Jason Kidd's start last year with the Brooklyn Nets, the jump from player to coach has decreased in distance. Randy Wittman has renewed his stay in Washington for another three years, but there are a number of ex-Wizards/Bullets who could make that step up into the coaching realm once he hangs it up.
Sheed is already ahead of the curve, having been an assistant for this last season with the Detroit Pistons, but was released once Stan Van Gundy took over and cleaned house. Rasheed has always been one of the most charismatic players in the league, but he's also sneaky smart. He won a championship under one of the greatest coaches, Larry Brown, and also spent time with Doc Rivers. He could help develop a young big man with his post play and even nuture some of the more knuckleheaded after his time with the Jail Blazers.Plus, he's probably good for a couple of games of classic Sheed referee chat, so that could get the fanbase riled up.
Webber did not leave Washington on the best terms (really, he did that everywhere) but since his reitrement he has settled down into being one of the best analysts on television. His knowledge of the game is great, he had his best success under Rick Adelman and he probably still has a substantial chip on his shoulder from never winning an NBA championship.
At this point, Juwan Howard has probably forgot more basketball than most people will ever know. He's been around twenty years, won championships with the Heat and is now an assistant under Eric Spolstra where he's probably leaning more than a few things. Being that close to LeBron James for a number of years probably has Howard learning a few things as well. Juwan also seems very mild mannered and approachable, not bad qualities to have when you have to face probing media every day.Tags: Basketball, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, NBA, Rasheed Wallace, Washington, Washington Wizards
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