What happened with Mark Jackson is exactly what I foresee happening with the Raptors. This was just our first playoff run. I expect to have more, and I expect that Casey's weaknesses will become more and more apparent at each attempt. That said, this team as it is, needs someone like Casey. A couple years from now we won't need a motivational guy anymore, we'll need someone who outcoaches the other team. Bring in that type now, we'll still lose because we don't have the talent level to win yet. After a few failures, I expect us to fire Casey even though he's had a stellar record for us at which point we'll find a serious veteran coach known for bringing teams deep into the playoffs.
Jacksons dismissal had less to do with what happened on the court and more to do with his contentious relationship with the Warriors FO. Lionel Hollins v.2.
Just watched all entire interview/announcement with Masai and Casey.
Casey has his flaws, but he seems committed to improving.
You can immediately see why a front office and players wants to work with him. He practices what he preaches. Forces people to accept having to earn things (versus allowing people to feel entitled to things).
And he is remarkably level-headed and even-keeled. That's hugely important in management and can be hard to find. Considering the dude just saved his job and is guaranteed he is making millions of more dollars, you'd expect him to be more psyched!
Also, I think you have a chicken and egg scenario. Is the inconsistent playing time a result of poor play or is the poor play a result of inconsistent playing time? Personally I think it is a bit of both but the only thing that is controllable is the playing time. Young players need to play in game experience to truly learn.
Regarding bold and accountability: accountability needs to be consistent among all players for it to truly be effective.
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I think that accountability and playing time are both important to player development. Leaning to one side isn't necessarily stupid unless you're going to the extreme (ie: barely playing at all or 0 accountability (like Irving/Bargnani)).
Re: letting vets play through mistakes, in Casey's mind, boils down to two things:
1. We aren't trying to develop those vets. They're tools to help impose accountability on the young players.
2. (and this one is just an idea) the mistakes the vets make are different kind of mistakes. They stem from lack of ability rather than lack of focus or motivation.
Now, I'm not trying to say that what Casey does is perfect, but we're arguing over an average of ~5 minutes per game.
Like I said earlier, I'm sure Ross and JV are walked through what will get them pulled. They aren't just randomly yanked. They probably know like, if I miss a defensive rotation, then I'm getting pulled. That's the whole point. They know that they have to properly prepare before every match and stay focused on what matters to the coaching staff while they're out there to earn their minutes.
This does kind of boil down to a chicken and the egg scenario, and I'm not going to be the one to try and untangle it.
But I will say, that as a principle, it probably isn't bad to pull a guy who comes out super flat. For whatever reason if Ross or JV come out looking like their head just isn't in it, or they're tired from last night, or trying to show off in front of some visitors, or whatever, they're sent the message that that isn't ok. They have to prepare for every single game the same way, take them all seriously, and execute their game plan night in, night out.
They aren't given the chance to just 'warm up' through the first quarter or two and get going in the second half.
If Ross was up ripping bong and playing 2k the night before, getting pulled early is sending the message that it's not ok to come out like that.
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Ross and JV do have the athleticism and scoring ability. Ross can get overmatched physically at times; that is not a mistake on his part, that is a matchup issue. But they can become total fuckup's, especially so at the defensive end. JV not boxing out or being late on rotations multiple times are the types of mistakes that few coaches on winning teams will tolerate.
I'm curious as to how many minutes Ross and JV will get next season under Casey. DeMar in his third year (first under Casey) was averaging 35 mpg at 22 years of age.
The team had Barbosa, Anderson, Butler, and Carter who were all veterans but weren't able to steal minutes from DD.
So if Casey wants to continue to teach Ross and JV lessons I would find that hypocritical considering he didn't do the same with DD and DD made a lot of mistakes in his third year especially on the defensive end.
I was actually a little surprised to hear the relationship that MU and DC had fostered this year. The way they talk about it, it sounds like a very healthy professional relationship. I'd always thought too much meddling from the GM was a bad thing...
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