Question: Has Dwayne Casey ever come out and said, "Man, you know, if Derozan could shoot better than 43% from the field or make a 3 or if Alan Anderson didn't shoot 39% from the field we'd have won that game? Or if Rudy didn't go 4-17 we'd have had a chance." If so, I'd love to see it.
My point was never about handling the rookies' minutes or to question whether they make mistakes. My issue was with the coach publicly pinning a loss (and the recent losing in general) on two rookies. One of whom hardly plays and another guy that has been, over the last month or so, one of the team's most effective players.
To everyone else -- Jonas is playing more minutes than most big guys do in their rookie year. Okay, so Casey threw him under the bus and that can be seen as unprofessional. I don't see Jonas crying about it. This isn't Andrea Bargnani who shoots poorly because his fans rightfully booed him. Jonas is a man, he can handle it.
I guess you meant *hasn't*.
I agree in full extent, that we should be playing the rookies and young guys extensively at this point. But that never happens. Look around the league -- unless a starter/vet has been shut down for injuries, teams simply do not employ the let's-develop-our-young-guys-by-giving-them-copious-minutes-now-that-the-games-don't-matter-anymore strategy.
I think that people are a little too in love Jonas. We shouldn't jump to conclusion. Wasn't everybody on this forum saying that we should take anything that happen in the last 15 games serious? Casey might just have a point I like to know what a record is when Jonas plays 25+ minutes. I love Jonas too but, the coach does trust in key moments it has to be for a reaso..
By the way, take a look at Tristan T PER 15.77 and JV PER 15.59 ! We have to like this.
People are defending Casey?? Why? His rotations, apart from just rookies, have been horrible all season. Questionable subs at questionable times. A very obvious disdain for players he doesn't see as effective for whatever reason, perhaps because they're young. Saw it with JJ (who was obviously to blame though). Saw it with Ed (who improved signficantly but was still "worse" than Bargs to Casey until Bargs got injured). Seeing it now with Jonas (who deserves a longer leash) and Ross (who probably doesn't).
Casey gets stubbornly attached to the vision he has of the team and how it needs to be successful. When he came here, he clearly decided that was going to be with Andrea and Demar being the key players on the team. As things went on, you can just sub out Andrea, and put Rudy and Alan in his place. Anderson does make fewer mistakes than Ross, but he's also far from perfect. He was allowed to play himself out of a dreadful slump post-Gay trade that I honestly thought would have him nailed to the bench for the rest of the year given how Casey was treating his other guys. And I'm not even saying he should've played Ross, but he had other pieces, like Fields to name one, who he could've used instead. And Fields is a great example of why there's no accountability in Casey's system, because he's one of the most mistake-free players we have, especially on D, and he gets no burn.
*Accountability is important, and I think it's the biggest problem with Casey's coaching, and it affects everything..rotations, offensive and defensive execution. It shakes confidence, makes guys press, makes others complacent....it's not good for the team. Guys have generally, I think, not known what's expected of them consistently. Not just rookies, but basically everyone except for Casey's "guys", which are Amir, Demar, Rudy (now), Andrea (still, really, he's just injured), Alan....that's it. Jose was one before as well. At times, I think it has affected Lowry, Ross, Fields, Lucas, Ed (when he was here), Jonas, Kleiza....I think many players on the team would not be willing to put up with another year of Casey if he keeps the same inconsistent approach.
Last edited by white men can't jump; Thu Apr 4th, 2013 at 05:44 PM.
To me something just smells off about Casey's coaching this season, and it starts with how he's handling the guys.
To convince me that he's a capable NBA coach, he needs to hold all players accountable and single out guys in the media rooms and press conferences. When Rudy and DeMar have these 5-17 games and so on, he needs to stop with the bullshitting like, "oh, we didn't hustle to the boards" or "we need to run back on defense". Only will he earn my respect when he goes to the mic and says, like you said, "Yeah, Rudy sucked tonight. It happens."
Just a proposition, but maybe it'll motivate the players if they know he'll start publicly singling them out after horrific outings.
And Demar is a pro because of he's a freak athlete. You don't have to watch him play for very long to see that natural basketball IQ isn't one of his gifts.
Anyone who`s interested watch April 3 interview. He gives lots of attention to JV and the rookie situation.
You guys need to relax on the Casey hate. He has played JV plenty for a rookie and makes guys accountable(Ross is bad so no minutes. JV improves= more minutes.) so they have to earn minutes. IMO that`s the way it should be.
That said...Quincy Acy is his BFF.
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