I don't even know why I opened this thread.
It could be more or maybe not but there is no doubt that coaching is a problem. His concentration on offence has exposed his(Casey) coaching defects and there will be no harm in making a coaching change. If problems persist, then other changes could be made. IMO if a coaching change is made, problems will continue but to a much lesser degree.
Attitude Is A Choice.
Stan Van Gundy is unemployed,
Attitude Is A Choice.
It's hard to know how independent of BC a Toronto coach is. Observing both Triano and Casey leads one to believe that BC does manage the lineups from behind the scenes to some degree, but how can we know? Why should BC even have this power, assuming he does? It would seem the team owners are stupid for allowing a businessman to be given coaching authority over an experienced coaches that have played the game themselves. It should be the opposite with coaches having sway over BC's moves. No wonder players don't want to come to this organization.
If Casey does indeed have free reign then a lot of his coaching moves are fairly questioned: Why did he stick with Rasual Butler for so long? Why does he sub cold guys in the 4th over hot guys? Why does Bargnani get praise ("our guy" etc.) despite being one of the most ineffective starters in the league this year?
The owners need to figure out if BC is the problem or if DC and JT before him are the problem. I think it must be one of these, maybe both.
I'm not advocating getting rid of him, he needs a real chance and time. I do think he needs complete autonomy and freedom as to how he runs this team. BC dictating playing time for Ross, Bargnani, Valanciunas etc. is not the way to go and will only hamper Casey, and ultimately the team. Basically, BC needs to stop making the mistakes he made with Mitchell and Triano and back-off.
The question which keeps coming to my mind is why would any team start a rookie Centre next to a PF whom is known as a poor defender and rebounder?
The only reason which makes sense to me is that that team would like to get that Centre up to speed and NBA ready as soon as possible, and sacrificing the season in order to do that is not a problem. This isn't meant as a knock on JV, dude busts his ass every game, but it doesn't change the fact that he is a rookie Centre (that makes mistakes like all rookies do) and to win JV would have to compensate for his own game as well as the PF he's trying to pick up the slack for. I'm actually fine with this.
But, the only thing I don't understand is if you were going to sacrifice the season to get your Centre up to speed then why not do a better job of securing your draft pick? That is what really is ticking me off right now. You have an opportunity to get a high pick and that pick is likely going to another team.
To the earlier point about AB no longer fitting here, I agree...to a point.
He does not work in the run 'n gun style they are trying to operate. He does, however, play quite well in a half court offense, where he can get set. For whatever reason, BC seems determined to keep up this fast play even though we really don't have the horses for it. Being young and quick is not an automatic indicator that a super fast pace is the way this team should play. Clearly this is not working.
I say go back to a half court offense (I have to guess that AB has been asked to play the perimeter since it always seems occupied) and you'll see AB do much better. Also, I must say (and I know many will shoot me for this) that KL is not the pg we need. He is tough and does score, but he too often looks for himself (or Derozan). I see too many times where he ignores an open man (be it Bargs or Amir) when it appears they have the easiest shot available. I think we were better with Jose as the starter (sorry, just my opinion...)
Derozan ROCKS (for the most part).
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