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Old 06-20-2011, 06:27 PM   #81 (permalink)
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If it was yesterday, i assume he was offered the position and he may have even been at the workouts today in NY. Then again, don't know if that's possible?
Doubt he would of been seen with the Raps people especially BC somewhere like that... For sure there was media prescence there.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:37 PM   #82 (permalink)
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Outside of a glitch of unimaginable proportions, Dwane Casey will be the next head coach of the Raptors.

The longtime NBA assistant went through a 90-minute telephone interview with members of the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment on Sunday afternoon, according to sources, and was to have dinner in New York City on Monday with minority owner Larry Tanenbaum.

If nothing untoward came out of those meetings, the 54-year-old Casey could be introduced as early as Tuesday as the successor to Jay Triano and the eighth head coach in the 16-year history of the Toronto franchise.

Terms of Caseyís pending deal were not immediately available.

A former head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves (53-69 overall, 20-20 in 2007 when he was fired), Casey has worked as an assistant for a handful of accomplished NBA head coaches ó George Karl, Nate McMillan and most recently Rick Carlisle in Dallas.

He is known for his ability to institute a consistently good defensive system, an attribute sorely lacking with the Raptors, a team that was statistically the worst defensive team in the NBA last year and one thatís never established a reputation for being hard-nosed or successful at that end of the floor.

He is generally credited with instituting one of the most effective zone defences in the league with the Mavericks, a move that helped them get past Portland, the Lakers, Oklahoma City and Miami en route to the franchiseís first NBA championship.

Casey also should arrive just days before Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo reaches another watershed mark in the rebuilding process of a team coming off a 22-60 2010-11 and a third playoff-free spring in a row.

Colangelo and members of his staff conducted their final pre-draft workouts in the New York City area, getting a look at 6-11 Czech forward Jan Vesely in a workout for a group of teams Sunday and putting 6-9 forward-centre Bismack Biyombo, a Congolese 18-year-old who played last season in Spain, through a session on their own Monday.

With so much indecision above them in the draft ó Cleveland has the first and fourth picks sandwiched around Minnesota at No. 2 and Utah at No. 3 ó itís been impossible for the Raptors to get a firm grasp on who might be available at their choice.

They have, according to league sources, made efforts to move up to No. 2 but donít have a good match with Minnesota and have narrowed their list of draft hopefuls to about four.

That group would include Kentucky guard Brandin Knight, Lithuanian centre Jonas Valanciunas, San Diego State swingman Kawhi Leonard and Biyombo with Vesely and Connecticut guard Kemba Walker as fallback possibilities.

Meanwhile, there was no word on which ó if any ó of the current Raptors assistant coaches may join Casey in Toronto when their contracts expire at the end of June.

Casey has had a long-standing relationship with Toronto assistant Micah Nori but itís unclear how close he is to any of P.J. Carlisemo, Alex English or Scott Roth. Only Carlesimo is under contract to the Raptors next season but heís been conspicuously absent from much of the pre-draft workout process and his future with the team is very much in doubt.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:55 PM   #83 (permalink)
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We need a defensive anchor for this team to be effective defensively. The Mavs were only good at defense when Chandler got traded there, before that they were way off the maps. Andrea won't cut it.
We don't need Andrea to be a defensive anchor, just to be less a liability. Like dirk.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:04 PM   #84 (permalink)
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It's not official yet. Jordan can still block us.
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UPDATE!!!!!

http://Jordan Nixes Hiring of Casey.com!!!

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Old 06-20-2011, 07:18 PM   #87 (permalink)
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According to the D Smith article Kemba is a fallback after Valuncianas and fucking Biyombo? Not good.
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:18 PM   #88 (permalink)
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According to the D Smith article Kemba is a fallback after Valuncianas and fucking Biyombo? Not good.
If he's right (which he rarely is) then yeah...NOT GOOD AT ALL!!
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:43 PM   #89 (permalink)
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could be good. the reality about these two players is that we know very little about them and we have no idea of how the bigger scheme looks.

at the end of the day, it will always be easier to address the small forward and point guard holes we currently have, especially considering with have a couple of young player (johnson/bayless) who could possibly improve enough to cover off until it's properly addressed.

just curious, but how would you expect to address the center position anyways? we're not getting chandler and we're not getting gasol.
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:06 PM   #90 (permalink)
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could be good. the reality about these two players is that we know very little about them and we have no idea of how the bigger scheme looks.

at the end of the day, it will always be easier to address the small forward and point guard holes we currently have, especially considering with have a couple of young player (johnson/bayless) who could possibly improve enough to cover off until it's properly addressed.

just curious, but how would you expect to address the center position anyways? we're not getting chandler and we're not getting gasol.
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and i wont question Colangelo's ability to draft...center is a bigger hole for us than pg...drafting biyombo would immediately help improve two of our biggest concerns, defense & rebounding....
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:49 PM   #92 (permalink)
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and i wont question Colangelo's ability to draft...center is a bigger hole for us than pg...drafting biyombo would immediately help improve two of our biggest concerns, defense & rebounding....
immediately?
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immediately?
yes jeff...thats whats hes good at....defense and rebounding...why wouldnt he help immediately?
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immediately?
Well, not until the season starts.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:15 PM   #95 (permalink)
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yes jeff...thats whats hes good at....defense and rebounding...why wouldnt he help immediately?
Because Biyombo is a virtual unknown, and he's only 18yrs old. To think he's gonna come in and make an immediate impact is imo being unrealistic. At least until we can see him go up against NBA talent. Even Colangelo called him a project a couple weeks ago.
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ughhh, just read this about Biyombo :

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The International Man of Mystery recently worked out in front of the entire league in Treviso Italy. Alan Hahn of Newsday had a great line saying, "As One scout said of Euro workout: "He went 1-on-none and lost."" Biyombo struggled to score against an imaginary defense, so to say he's raw offensively would be an understatement. He looks to be years away from contributing, which eliminates a number of teams that would originally have been interested. Not many rosters can afford to make a first round selection that knowingly requires years of offensive seasoning and time on the pine.
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"He went 1-on-none and lost."" Biyombo struggled to score against an imaginary defense, so to say he's raw offensively would be an understatement. He looks to be years away from contributing, which eliminates a number of teams that would originally have been interested

Bingo! Exactly what i'm talking about. Seriously, if we pick him with the #5 i'll be very disapointed. But, gotta say that sadly it wouldn't shock me.
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i'd be disappointed picking him at the 5th since it's not his value. i'd hope that us targeting him would involve us moving down and picking up either a second rounder or another first.

that article is what's been expected. everyone knows that this guy has absolutely no offensive game to speak. this why people call reggie evans and ben wallace a superior offensive player.
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I like Val. This guy looks like a annoying guy to play against...

He's like Mcgee with the length/speed/athleticism but seems to have a little more polish to him offensively.

Apparently his buyout has been reach or is close but he's gonna have to miss all of next year.
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