"Both teams played hard my man" - Sheed
Can't wait til the team hits a rough stretch next season and the pitchforks come out for Casey
"Both teams played hard my man" - Sheed
Maybe the posters who are livid over the Casey extension may reconsider their belief they can coach NBA teams better than the people who actually do coach NBA teams..
Nah, who am I kidding.
Great move By MU
And for those of you bitching about it, think how the players feel when they get a new coach like every 2 or 3 season, They HATE it.
Lowry works well with Casey, and we NEED Lowry back, this will probably make his decision as returning as a raptor a lot easier
My first thought when I read this news was, "Well, I guess raptors999 just flipped his keyboard."
Seriously though, take a look at the big picture. It's easy to obsess about certain plays and and rotations, but at the end of the day Casey took a team with two-sophmore starters, a borderline 'All-Star', and a largely no-name roster to the best regular season record in franchise history. After they went 6-12 and traded away their 'star player' in Rudy Gay.
Yes, he deserves credit for that.
The sometimes stagnant offense, the out-of-bounds calls — these things are normally handled by assistant coaches, and can be improved with better assistants, or more support.
And John Salmons is a goner this off-season. So that solves that! LOL.
Step 1. Have to admire the way it was done. Season done, contract signed the next day. No mixed messages. No confusion. A good message to Lowry. A good message to everyone. I can see how you might not like it but for anyone who thinks he deserves to not get a renewal, tell me what the next steps are.
At this point, I'm resigning myself to the fact that we're probably going to seeing multiple tactical blunders over the next few years, while assuming that there must be many other less tangible (but no less important) things that he's excellent at.
I don't understand why some people are so upset. Yes... his coaching is pretty god awful at times, but I feel like Casey staying is essential in Lowry's decision to stay. I'm pretty sure Lowry will not want to play with a new coach. Casey has earned the respect of Lowry. It's been well documented that players really dislike multiple coaching changes in this career. Most famous example in Raptors history would be Vince Carter...
I supported the coach for the past season when everyone was quick to blame the coach for every single lost of this team. I supported him during the play offs when people were screaming for his head because he did not play Fields !!!!
Now, I am glad to see that MU thinks the same way about this coach. 3 Year Contract means a total confidence in this coach Plus a very good salary ( higher than average in this league).
All of this point to the fact that MU and Casey are in the same page.
GREAT JOB MU , now fix the following ( Pick 2 out of 3):
1) Starting PF
2) Starting SF
3) Back up Centre
So, let's bring back our coach who is going to continue to underutilize our young players and shit the bed on inbounds plays. Let's add Vince Carter for nostalgia and hype.
I don't know about the rest of you but I have been a Raptors fan for twenty years and sometimes it seems like I'm stuck in a Groundhog Day of the wtf-ness.
As far as the shortcomings on the defensive play late in the season, and particularly in the playoff series...where they his shortcomings or the fact that, with the players he had, it was a terrible match-up problem? The Nets players were able to perform quite well on defense...The Raptors had a young team that couldn't handle the type of pressure they had never (most of them) seen before. You can't make a souffle if all you have is rope and gravel. Masai gives Casey some better pieces, maybe he doesn't look so stupid?
I was crying for him to insert Fields into the rotation, then I find out Fields has back issues. Answer me this, how do you do an excellent job on D if you have to play DD (don't need to elaborate), TRoss (and don't start with the "TRoss was excellent bullshit...I watched the games. He was average and got lost many times), JV who seemed to get confused many times, especially last game when two bigs were running out to the open guy in the corner, leaving an easy pass inside for 2, a broken Amir doing the best he could on glass ankles, and a 6' tall Lowry. Not to mention GV, Salmons, and a 6'6" center from the bench.
Kidd was a rookie coach but he was "a ten-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member." He had a team stuffed with experience. Casey lead his team to the last 6 seconds of the seventh game.
I believe in Masai.
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