But I'm also sure appropriate player personnel has helped. Casey didn't ever have a complete, rounded roster until the Gay trade. It's a little of both, and it's not the end of the world to have a coach who relies on assistants (to a certain extent) and can't turn a rag-tag bunch of effortless scrubs (led by Bargnani and Gay) into a successful team.
Last edited by stooley; Fri May 2nd, 2014 at 11:20 AM.
IMO, the coaches job is to motivate the players, develop culture, to get them to believe in themselves and the team, and to buy in to the system, whatever that is. I have no issues if assistants are completely responsible for developing the system the team will employ. In many cases, I would actually expect them to, and I wouldn't doubt at all if the most successful teams have assistants worry about the x's and o's. Ultimately, even the best system is crap if the players don't buy in, and that is on the head coach. I could care less if Casey can design an offence. He's shown he can design a defence, which is just as important if not more, and more importantly, that he can get his players to play it. And that defensive system Casey has implemented has really defined this teams identity and culture, which has strengthened the locker room and chemistry btw players and staff. No doubt he can improve but as far as I'm concerned he has earned the right to come back.
Please no. This team just got to the playoffs, and this team has overachieved. I know, I was one of those at the beginning of the season who wants Casey to be fired, or those who want him to be the tank commander and get replaced in the offseason. We witnessed how sloppy his offensive sets were (if any), how he calls untimely timeouts, and questionable rotations (Aaron Grey guarding Kobe in the perimeter last year LOL).
But we all so that Coach Casey also improved a lot in his game decisions, after timeout plays, rotations. They're not perfect but he's getting better compared to how he was when he first started, last year, Gay era, etc. He's also one of the classiest coaches who never trashes his players in the media or try to drop F-bombs on interviews just to give himself a tough guy image. Masai also gave him a great support personnel in Nurse and Bayno, who I believe are instrumental in the improvement on how offensive sets are run.
Coaches also grow with the team's growth. Plus we are all witnesses on how this roster is one of the healthiest in the league due to their love and desire to play for one another, and of course, the coach is a key player in that. I'd give him at least 2 years, depending on which direction Masai wants the team to be. Next year should be this team's biggest test, as for sure, the East will be more competitive. This team has to prove that this season was not a fluke.
If we were, I dunno, GSW, i'd fire Casey. But he's working with a still-developing roster, without championship caliber pieces yet, and he's seemed perfect. He's coaxed a career season out of Lowry. He's definitely done a good job developing Ross and JV this year, and DD has been a revelation under Casey. Patterson has gone from eh, decent trade fodder to a key cog with a bright future. In the time he's had them, KL, DD, Ross, JV, Hansbrough, GV, and 2Pat have all improved their trade value since when he got them (Although Ross and JV were expected). If you're the GM, you look at this roster as something missing that key cog, and a reasonable way to get that guy is to trade for him. So a guy who has consistently improved your team, and has improved the trade value of almost all your roster except the veteran bench guys and Amir, that's a guy you want to keep in your employ.
Is no one else concerned that Casey played prevent defense (borrowing an NFL term) the entire 4th quarter against the Nets last game. He was trying to eat the clock while holding onto the lead, and got us completely away from what we had been doing the first 3 quarters. Every offensive possession we were purposefully dribbling the shot clock out until it was under 10, then starting the offense, which resulted in a ton of bad shots. It's boneheaded moves like that (he has so many) which make me not have faith in Casey as coach of the future.
Last edited by Primer; Fri May 2nd, 2014 at 01:37 PM.
The Lionel Hollins comparisons are perfect except Hollins was a good coach before his lame duck year. Hollins didn't get an extension so he refused to play guys and became beligerant and erratic then got swept first round. Except for the sweep its very similar. Casey sucked before and sucks now.
Previous year. He lost it when Gay was traded and wasn't renewed.
Hollins got his team to the WCF his final season, then was not rehired. The contentious points between Hollins and management involved the trading of Rudy Gay, which Hollins strongly opposed and his open disdain for analytics, which culminated in a well publicised meltdown toward VP of Operations Hollinger in front of the team.
Nothing similar whatsoever.
Playoff run, Not renewed, then fired.Hollins is a good coach Casey is a scrub. Interesting but both Gay and Daye were involved in Hollins dismissal.
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