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jeffb 08-21-2013 06:56 AM

EC coaching seat check/SN: Casey unworried about final year of contract
Coaching Seat Check: Eastern Conference | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors


Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors*– Newly installed general manager Masai Ujiri has been charged with the task of turning the Toronto Raptors around and his first order of business was to deal Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks in a move that the club hopes amounts to addition by subtraction.As in the case with most incoming general managers, Ujiri is likely to want to choose his own coach.

Like Danny Ferry did with Larry Drew in Atlanta, though, Ujiri wants to give Dwane Casey the opportunity to retain his job, of course.There was speculation earlier this summer that Casey was on his way out of Toronto since Ujiri took over and purged a lot of his predecessor Bryan Colangelo’s basketball operations staff, but Casey remains. Entering the final year of his contract and with a team that should have enough talented pieces to make a run at one of the East’s final playoff spots, Casey enters the 2013-14 season with a lot of weight on his shoulders.

Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozen, Jonas Valanciunas and youngster Terrence Ross will have their work cut out for them if Casey is to remain in Toronto past this season.


Read more at*Coaching Seat Check: Eastern Conference | HOOPSWORLD | Basketball News & NBA Rumors

Acie 08-21-2013 05:16 PM

A somewhat related article.


“Everyone’s on a year-to-year contract,” Casey told Sporting News from his home in Seattle. “I don’t care who you are, we all are. I am going to coach the same as if I had a 10-year contract or a one-year contract. I can’t get caught up in that. … The good thing about it is, I have a good relationship with Masai. He is originally from Seattle, he went to high school there. So I have known him for a long time. In the end, I am going to be judged by how we improve. I am not going to spend a waking moment worrying about my contract.”

•Rudy Gay. "If you look at his career, it has steadily gone down,” Casey said. “He has complained about his eyes, he tried to wear goggles, and that didn’t work. He is supposed to be wearing contacts, and he didn’t like the contacts, he didn’t like having anything on his eyes. So they elected to do the surgery. I am keeping my fingers crossed. For some players, they get that done and it is like seeing a new rim. Hopefully, the same thing happens with him.”

• DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan had the best year of his career last season, averaging 18.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting, but his numbers from beyond the arc (28.3 percent) were still atrocious. There is a limit on how good a shooting guard can be, especially in today’s 3-happy NBA, if he can’t shoot from distance. Casey said that’s been the focus of DeRozan’s summer.

“He worked on it, we worked on it with him all summer,” Casey said. “Getting the right lift into his shot, being consistent with it, we worked on that. That’s been the big next step for him, bringing his game past the 3-point line. That alone will do a lot for him. I thought he got better at making decisions out of the post, making plays out of the post if they double-team, he did a good job reading those situations.”

• Terrence Ross. Casey called Ross one of the most talented players he has ever coached, and added, “He probably has the most upside of all our guys from a potential standpoint.” But Ross was wildly inconsistent in terms of approach and effort as a rookie last year, and the result was 6.4 points per game, shooting 40.7 percent and 33.7 percent from the 3-point line. Ross could be an outstanding sixth man on this team, but he has not yet earned Casey’s trust on either end of the floor.

“The talent is there,” Casey said. “There is not a better athlete in the NBA than Terrence Ross. But just, bringing it on a consistent basis is his own personal challenge. We pushed him as a coaching staff and work with him till the cows come home, but until he makes up his mind mentally that he is going to exert that same athleticism and effort on both ends of the floor, that’s when he will make the next step. … He has been working with a shooting coach this summer, trying to get that consistent, working on his shot. His ballhandling, his defense in pick-and-roll situations, he has been working on that all summer.”
In critical contract year, Raptors' Casey looks for outside improvement - NBA - Sporting News

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