Ask most anyone, and they'll say a main turning point in the Washington Wizards season came when John Wall recovered from his knee injury and helped rescue a 4-28 season.
Martell Webster has another nomination: the day the coach cried in the locker room after another tough loss during the team's 0-12 start.
''He was crying after that game. And he told us that he cared about us,'' Webster said. ''And, for me, that was a point in the season where I was just like, `I'm in. I'm totally in. I've bought into the system.'''
Other Wizards players backed up Webster's story, saying coach Randy Wittman's display of emotion showed them how much he cared. Wittman initially tried to feign ignorance of the incident when it was brought to light Thursday, but then he fessed up and recalled the mental toll of the one-point overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks in November.
''The thing that really got me emotional more was the fight and the heart that these guys were putting into it,'' Wittman said. ...