Sorry, I didn't want to go back and check all the old forums. My bad. I know you were a strong supporter of the Gay trade. And I know that one of the arguments that had been made in general was that a change of scenery would do him good, in large part because he'd get to be utilized in a more perimeter oriented offense. We are playing slower, but I don't think it is the pace Casey wants the team to play at. Just my opinion, but a couple of things have hurt that.
-First, simplifying some of what they do as they integrate Gay.
-Second, without Jose we obviously have lost our best distributor and someone who really helped keep the offense from getting stale. Lowry has just started to look like he's coming back around physically, so hopefully he's able to pick his play back up and make some difference there. Lucas also is clearly horrible at getting the team into any kind of offense.
I would expect the pace to pick up as they integrate Gay, and hopefully if they can get a better backup PG, that will help as well. Do they need a low-post scoring threat? Or do they just need time to tweak their sets...maybe post up Gay more (where he has been good at initiating ball movement)? Start trying to utilize JV there more (I know he's a rookie, but the amount of times he has good position even without needing the pick'n'roll and doesn't get the ball is just crazy)??? It's a little premature to suggest we know what this team needs when it has barely played and practiced together. *Maybe part of the reason BC would hesitate with this deal? If it wasn't his first choice, it might be hard to accept without seeing more of the team as is to be confident it's a good move. It could still be there in the summer, if BC would rather wait it out.
Whoa man, calm the hell down. Making shit up? Even though Bargnani was injured before the meeting, I am just going by the rumors in the newspapers. The message of which seemed to be BC needed to let Casey coach, whether he was explicitely giving him orders or just somehow pressuring him. Part of this was the fact that Bargs continued to seem to not be held accountable, and that in general there seemed to be a lack of clarity as to accountability. Maybe it was Casey. Maybe that's why they wanted the separate meetings, to decide if it was intentional tampering by BC, and maybe it wasn't. Maybe the board wanted to see Casey's view on the accountability to ask him why a guy like Ed or Terrence gets a quick hook, but Bargs or Demar don't? Whatever happened, there seemed to be a much clearer message and new accountability from top to bottom with the team after that meeting. So i was merely trying to suggest, I wouldn't want another situation where Casey (for whatever reason) feels the need make adjustments to try and keep Boozer happy/on the floor, whether it has to do with how they run the offense, or not holding him to the same defensive standards....I like the way the team's chemistry has developed, including the coaching/management dynamic, and don't want to see another stretch where it gets botched and needs to be repaired. And yes, I know it could be extremely unlikely...but who knows...