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    Apparently Coach Casey had an interview on the fan 590, realgm poster Rhettmatic managed to transcribe it:

    What's piqued your interest right now?

    One thing we've been doing since the season's been over is evaluating who we are, what we have, the things we want to do better next year. We've been busy between that and going to the combines in Minnesota and Chicago. In the last few days, we've had 16-20 young men come through and work out and visit our beautiful city of Toronto and see a lot of different things about our program, and give us the chance to get to know the kids personally. It's important from my standpoint to get the right fit, (players) that fit our chemistry and fit our program going forward. It's been a busy few months. Everyone calls it the off-season, but really in our sport you don't have a chance to have any off-season.

    How much does character and getting to know a kid matter?

    It's huge. You'll know what'll fit in your locker room, what type of personality will fit you as a coach and be able to accept his role and fit in. It's amazing when you interview these young men in Chicago. Also we do psychological testing. A kid like Austin Rivers who's from a great pedigree, I know Doc personally, just sitting and talking to him, you see the difference in the depth they have in terms of the knowledge they have of the NBA, their knowledge of the city of Toronto and our country here. There's so many things you learn. One kid, it's not funny, but one kid didn't know that Toronto was in the country of Canada. It's amazing what you learn, what these kids do know and don't know. That's why the evaluation process is so important.

    What kid surprised you the most?

    It's hard to say one guy. But it's two-three guys that really piqued my interest. One is Jeremy Lamb, the kid from Connecticut. The other is Harrison Barnes. The other I mentioned, Austin Rivers from Duke. And Dion Waiters from Syracuse. Those have piqued my interest. At the 8th pick, those guys are in my area and guys we're all looking at. There's numerous, too many dimensions for our 37th pick. At those picks, if we decide to keep it, there's a lot of talented players in that mix that we're going to look at as an organization and make sure they fit our needs.

    If you could improve one spot on your team, where would you look?

    Our 3 position. Our 3 position we've shown we're below the NBA average in a lot of categories. I think it's really important we fit that need and find another guy who can create off the dribble, can shoot the 3 and can help other players and teammates. I think that's one of our glaring needs. We have Valanciunas coming over at our 5 position. If we can improve at the 3, maybe get another backup point guard, get a young player in that position or a veteran player, but the glaring need right now is an upgrade at the 3 position.

    That 8 pick first round. Internally, how much debate is going on concerning what to do with it?

    A lot of debate. We've gone back and forth and Bryan, we've argued the point and he challenges us to make sure we know what we want to do. It's such a deep draft that if we do draft at 8 we'll get a good quality player who can help us, whether that guy can come in and start, I don't know. But we're going to get a talented asset at that position. But from a stepping right in and taking over standpoint, I don't know if the guy's there or not. Projecting forward, he can be because it's such a deep draft.

    Does watching the OKC Thunder do what they're doing with 3 guys they drafted under the age of 24 kind of make the draft mean a little more?

    No question. That is the model for me that I'm really, really looking at. I know Scotty Brooks and Sam Presti, matter of fact I interviewed in Seattle when they were still in Seattle before they went to OKC. I saw the vision, the blueprint that Sam had that he wanted to implement, and I've seen it grow from scratch from Durant to Westbrook to Harden. I saw that program. We're modelling our program after that. They drafted some key pieces that can help them, and that's the format and program that I'm going forward with here. And yes it does put the premium on that pick and the growth internally they made. We've got three or four guys in town right now that we're working with. DeMar's here getting ready to go to the Olympic program in July with Jerry Colangelo. And that will give him a great experience this summer going against LeBron and Dwyane Wade for a month.

    (he talked more about Presti and San Antonio but it wasn't particularly interesting so I gave my fingers a break)

    David Stern did an interview with Jim Rome, kinda making some headlines. You've been there on lottery night. Have you ever been present for the actual lottery?

    No I have not. And fortunately for me guys, that was the first time I've been to the lottery the other night. That was my first experience. But I wasn't in the back room where it took place. They had media members, different front office people there, but I wasn't present there to see what goes on adn how it's done.
    I got this from the Rap's site message board. Some interesting thoughts... not sure whether we should put much stock in some of it.
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    Good stuff, I still don't understand why the lottery isn't televised though.

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    It is though, the lottery is always televised on ESPN.

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    not the drawing

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    That's awesome! I'm surprised he was talking so candidly about who they like in the Draft. Hopefully they are trying to move up.
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    visit our beautiful city of Toronto
    Casey's words bring a tear to my eye :')

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    Casey did not mention Lillard. Perhaps it's because he doesn't want t push his stock up.

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    Smokesreens everywhere!!!

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    Funny how he mentioned the need for a backup PG. Do people still think Bayless has life?
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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    Funny how he mentioned the need for a backup PG. Do people still think Bayless has life?
    I'm glad somebody else picked up on that... it's pretty clear that JJ and Bayless are NOT in the future plans. Reading between the lines, I would assume that Casey doesn't see either of them having good "fit" with this team. Bayless thinks he's a starter and JJ thinks he's some all-world shooter who gambles too much on defense... both could be such effective 2nd unit players, if only they'd accept their roles. I don't expect Bayless to even be qualified, unless there's a potential S&T out there for him. I also see JJ being included in any trade for a wing, with Kleiza being kept as backup SF (especially with his ability to play PF in smaller lineups and his connection to JV).

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    Cant blame the younger players to think they have what it takes to be a starter. Bayless should be accepting it by now and JJ will have to face a couple of more rejections before he'll kinda get it. Getting older players for the backup role is less stressful on all especially if they have done it before....no expectations. Jarrett Jack was similar to Bayless in more ways than one. He as well took a while before he accepted and ironically the two were exchanged for each other.

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    A player can believe he has what it takes to be a starter and strive to become a starter, while still accepting their role as a backup. A starting role (or a bigger role on whichever unit you play on) has to be earned. I think it's the mentality that they already deserve it and therefore put clearly much less effort into their game when they aren't starting (ie: pouting), that causes fans, coaches and management to become so turned off, because it projects the "entitlement" mentality. If they want to be starters, bust your ass on the second unit and play so well that the coach can't take you out of the game and has no choice but to start you, because it's in the best interest of the franchise. Don't pout when you don't get your own way, it's unbecoming of a man and a professional. Suck it up, know your role and do your job. Earn it!

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    was anyone wondering which player didn't know that toronto was in Canada?

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    My guess is Lamb.

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    Lamb interviews terribly, MKG may have a speech impediment, but Lamb comes off as an apathetic idiot in his interviews.
    -"You cant run from me. I mean, my heart dont bleed Kool-Aid."
    -"I aint no diva! I dont have no blond hair, red hair. Im Reggie Evans.

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    Lamb would get bitch slapped if we drafted him and he acted like a sloth around casey.

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    Quote NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
    Lamb would get bitch slapped if we drafted him and he acted like a sloth around casey.
    He would get bitch slapped by Amir and Magloire and probably slide/roll the length of the floor.

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    interesting that he says they're modelling the team after OKC yet supposedly furiously trying to trade the pick.

    so many smokescreens.
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    Both the 1 and the 3 position were the positions that we brought in D-leaguers for last year. That shows that we obviously don't have depth at those positions, it would be natural to draft there.

    In regards to the reference to needing a backup PG, this could be related to the fact that Jose Calderon's contract is expiring at the end of this year, and we will probably not be extending him for the same money, which means he could go somewhere else.

    I still believe Bayless has life lol.

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    Back-up point guard to Bayless! LOL
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