As the coach of the only NBA team without a victory this season, Randy Wittman is struggling to pick a starting lineup for the Washington Wizards. Can't even zero in on a nine-man rotation, actually.
All the while, he needs to buoy his own flagging spirits and try to prevent his players from getting too down on themselves after a franchise-worst 0-9 start.
''This isn't fun. You don't sleep very good. You don't eat very good. The bowl of pasta doesn't taste (good) right now,'' Wittman said after practice Tuesday, before the Wizards' flight to Atlanta for a game against the Hawks on Wednesday night.
''`Hey, if I don't stay upbeat, how am I going to keep them upbeat?' is the way I've always looked at it,'' he said. ''I've got to be the leader of being upbeat, if that makes any sense to you. I can't go in there and be down: `Lost again.' I've got to be: `Hey, we did lose again. We lost for these reasons. But look what we did.'''
A loss against the Hawks (5-4) would make the Wizards ...