I agree Casey is a lame duck coach, I'd just rather have a lame duck coach who isn't fighting for his job at the expense of our young players development (see JV). Just promote one of the assistants, tell him to focus on player development, and that his assistant coach job is safe and he'll be an assistant for whoever the new head coach is next season. Both Nurse and Bayno were Ujiri hires, not Casey, so I'd assume they will remain whenever a new Coach is brought in.
It's just when I hear "how", I hear it like he's being used in a vastly different way. Like changing him from a pick'n'pop player to a pick'n'roll player, to give an example. This is not the case. Bargs is still taking largely the same shots he was taking in Toronto, there's just less focus on him from the opposing D, and less responsibility on him to carry the whole load.
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Personally, I would have fired Casey in the offseason, but I totally understand MU coming in and playing the 'wait and see' card with both the roster and coach. He very well could fire Casey in the 2nd half, as part of a massive overhaul of the team. I just don't think it really matters all that much in the grand scheme of things whether that happens during the season or offseason.
I still see a guy that has a few months left and should be left alone until his contract is finished. And I think the upper brass have told him as much. It doesn't make sense to me to fire this guy (and continue to pay him) and then promote another guy to act as a temporary stop-gap. Btw, this is not a question of whether or not he deserves to be fired, but rather whether it makes sense for the franchise long term.
Monroe + Vilanueva to DeRozan + Gray
You can change Vilanueva to Stuckey or/and Gray to Hansbrough (after DEC 15th)
C Jonas Valanciunas
PF Greg Monroe
SF Rudy Gay
SG Terrence Ross
PG Kyle Lowry
And this is not necessarily the final lineup before trade deadline But this trade would definitely hurt our tanking ratio.
Last edited by japetas; Thu Nov 21st, 2013 at 04:30 PM.
(Sorry for poor English )
To understand why, read this article, especially from the quoted passage onwards:
Monroe is a very good offensive player, but he's a glaring liability on defense in a league getting smaller and quicker. He's a turnstile trying to contain the pick-and-roll out on the floor — a mess of bad footwork, poor timing, lazy reaches, and bad choices....
if the above are what the weaknesses of a player... then we shud probably make a three team trade where we aquire indiana's player development staffs and the the player with those weakneses...
simply put... to correct those kinds of weaknesses should be what the objectives of player development staffs
and clearly... the Raptors suck in that department
HOWEVER, personally, I STILL WOULDNT like Greg Monroe on THIS team
Last edited by ball4life; Thu Nov 21st, 2013 at 06:04 PM.
I thought there were a couple comments that MU made on the fan 590 on Tuesday that were rather revealing.
First of all, he discussed the ways in which a team can be built, through the draft or through trades/free agency.
He said specifically that he thought building through the draft was the better way to go about it.
The other revealing comment he made, was in a discussion regarding the term tanking itself. He essentially said that referring to draft-oriented team building as tanking was erroneous, because it is a valid approach to team construction, taking a step back to take two steps forward.
I think these comments are calculated. While it doesn't actually reveal a plan, by both softening the language used to describe tanking and emphasizing draft-oriented team building as a valid approach, he can influence the way fans think about the topic.
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