Asked whether he feels any extra pressure to reach the postseason, Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman fiddled with his eyeglasses on the table in front of him and looked straight ahead.
''Well, that's what we want: We want to get to the playoffs,'' Wittman said. ''Do you think this is the first time I've been on a one-year contract? No. It doesn't mean anything.''
Wittman and team President Ernie Grunfeld - both men have deals that end after the upcoming season - held a joint news conference Wednesday and made pretty clear what the aim should be for point guard John Wall and the rest of the Wizards.
''We want to build on what we started to establish last year. Obviously, our initial goal is to be a playoff contender and ultimately, by the end of the year, make the playoffs,'' Grunfeld said.
Washington went 29-53 last season, missing out on the postseason for the fifth consecutive year.
Since their last trip to the playoffs - in 2007-08, when Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison a...