Mon Nov 28th, 2011, 06:32 AM
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What Can Casey Do in Two Weeks?
Big hopes have been pinned on Casey's arrival, as a defensive minded coach with a talent for creating systems that maximize his resources. But what can he realistically accomplish between December 9th and the Raps first game? And then on in the season with the Raptors playing 3.9 games a week?
During the two week training camp, a lot of time is going to be spent getting the guys into game shape. During the season, even though 48 games are in their own conference, and only 18 are in the West, there will still be a lot of days given over to travel. The Raptors will be lucky to average one decent practice a week during the season.
If you are trying to instil a new system, repetition is essential I would think. Maybe Casey can somehow dumb things down. If not, I wouldn't expect to see any significant defensive breakthroughs with this team.
Mon Nov 28th, 2011, 07:26 AM
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I think you can't really look at it like a 2 week window. First of all, defense is not that easy. It can take the better part of a season for a team to get it, and don't point to a team like Boston, because they're all vets. It took time for Atlanta to improve under Woodson. It took time for all Carlisle's teams to adjust. Same for Van Gundy teams (Stan or Jeff, take your pick). Same for Cleveland under Mike Brown. A full training camp definitely helps, but it is not a deadline to build a strong D.
If we don't see some improvement throughout the season, that would be the failure, not if we're not better after a 2 week training camp. This is especially true if Casey is supposed to preach accountability. With that type of coach we should see improvement relatively quickly, maybe within the first 2-3 months...otherwise it's probably not a great fit, though I think that could mean we should juggle our roster a bit, maybe not the coach. Anyway don't worry too much if our D is still crappy after training camp is what I'm trying to say.
Mon Nov 28th, 2011, 07:35 AM
while I agree with the idea of this thread, that two weeks won't be a lot of time for a new 'system', 'philosophy', 'style', what have you, to be put into place and developed......
.... I'm already hearing a new excuse as to why Bargnani needs 1 more additional year......
Mon Nov 28th, 2011, 07:48 AM
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+1 on the bold section.
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Mon Nov 28th, 2011, 07:59 AM
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I'm not too concerned about the short training camp. As stated above, it will take months for the new philosophy to sink in. There will, no doubt, be some very ugly losses this season, but we're just aiming for continued improvement.
On another note, I think the compressed schedule might actually work in our favour. Being one of the youngest teams in the league, it's assumed that conditioning would be less of a concern for us, compared to some of the older clubs. As a result, I'm hoping we're able to steal a few wins early simply by outrunning our opponents.
Mon Nov 28th, 2011, 08:40 AM
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All casey can really do is get the basic fundamental ideas/concepts of his system out there and start to practice them in his first 2 weeks. After that all he can really do is hold people accountable, if he sees that the effort isnt there on the defensive end, punish, if you see that it is, reward, playing time is the only leverage he has, and he has to use it. I just want the raptors to become an "average" defensive team, we can become a "good" defensive team next year or the year after, but being average right now, would be like being great for us lol.
Mon Nov 28th, 2011, 08:44 AM