“You pound and pound that rock until one day, it cracks” – Dwane Casey, referring to people’s negative perceptions of him, apparently.
Casey joins Lenny Wilkens (April 2002) and Sam Mitchell (January 2007) as the only Raptors coaches to be named Coach of the Month.
— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) January 2, 2014
The Raptors went 8-6 in the month of December and have won 9 of their last 12 games. I’ve been one of his biggest detractors (see here for example), but he looks to have turned the corner since the Rudy Gay trade. The offense looks considerably more fluid and effective – less soul-sucking isolations, more actual basketball sets – and although the changes may merely reflect changes in personnel, Dwane Casey has done a better job calling time-outs, distributing minutes and his rotations are much tighter. Congratulations Dwane Casey!
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