Tag:Dwane Casey
Posted on: July 15, 2011 1:32 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 2:59 pm

Report: Raptors putting together GM shortlist

Posted by Matt Moore

The Raptors gave President of Basketball Ops (PBO) Bryan Colangelo an extension. They've hired their new coach, Dwane Casey. Now they're targeting a GM. Though Colangelo has every intention of staying at the top of the decision-making tree, he's looking for a general manager to handle some of the work. Yahoo! reports on some of the candidates on the shortlist: 
Former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower, Philadelphia 76ers GM Ed Stefanski and San Antonio assistant GM Dennis Lindsey are three focuses of the franchise to work under Toronto president Bryan Colangelo, sources said.

No formal interviews have been conducted, sources said, but Colangelo has started the process of getting permission from teams to talk to candidates. It may not be until August that Colangelo starts formal interviews for the job.
via Raptors look at GM candidates - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

Stefanski is an interesting inclusion because it serves as an indication that the relationship between Stefanski and PBO Rod Thorn for the Sixers may not be as smooth as it was initially believed to be when Thorn joined the Sixers last year. If the Raptors believe Stefanski's available, especially for what is essentially a toothless position, it calls into question where Stefanski sits in the Sixers organization. 

Lindsey is part of the Buford-Popovich tree and therefore difficult to argue against. Bower is another interesting case because of the politics and history behind his departure from New Orleans. Bower made some brilliant moves in New Orleans, but also chose too many veteran long contracts. Being associated with a team that wound up having to be bought by the league isn't great, either. 

It'll be important to watch how the relationship between the new GM and Colangelo is managed. Colangelo will be fighting to keep power, but if this is a directive from Raptors ownership as part of his extension, it could be a dynamic relationship with complicated effects. 

Posted on: June 28, 2011 3:17 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 3:38 pm

Dwane Casey says the Raptors will defend

Posted by Royce Young

Picturing the Toronto Raptors as a team that's going to stop people is hard. Kind of like picturing the Toronto Raptors as a good team, I guess.

But new coach Dwane Casey is committed to the defensive end. And he should be. He just saw how that kind of philosophy worked in Dallas leading to a championship.

In an interview with SI.com's The Point Forward, Casey preached a defensive approach, along with a solid use of advanced metrics.
It’s all about what you emphasize as a coach. Jay [Triano] has done an excellent job at creating an offensive atmosphere, and I don’t want to take away from that. But we have to have a defensive emphasis. We have to create a defensive identity. Every single day there will be a theme of the day about defense, whether it be working on one thing in regard to the pick-and-roll or man-to-man or whatever. There will be a theme every day until we get an identity we can compete with.
The Raptors certainly could score last season. Offensive talent is there. But how do you turn guys like Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and even new guy Jonas Valanciunas into capable defenders? Here's how: The same way you did it with Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd.

Casey compared Bargnani to Dirk and it's a valid comparison in a lot of ways. Both are deft international players with an impressive touch at seven feet tall. The biggest difference is Dirk has built an impressive post game, rebounds and works hard defensively. Bargnani needs those three things. But Casey can bring that message to Bargnani.
Well, he’s not going to be our starting center, really [because he's more of a power forward]. He’s in a similar situation with Dirk Nowitzki at this point in his career. I’d have to check their numbers, but I’d venture to say at this point in his career, he’s probably somewhere in the same area where Dirk was, where both have had to live down the reputation of being soft. And by the way, Dirk has never been anywhere near soft. Don’t ever use that word with him.
In reality, Casey's experience with Dallas probably made him an ideal fit with the Raptors. In a way, the Raps are kind of the Mavs lite. Amir Johnson could be Tyson Chandler-ish, Bargnani cast as Dirk and though it's a stretch, DeMar DeRozan as a scoring punch at guard like Jason Terry. There's potential there. Casey will likely bring along the Dallas zone too to help hide guys like Bargnani and Calderon. Worked wonders in Dallas.

You can win with offense, but only 30 games or so yearly. That's where the Raptors were with Jay Triano. To take another step, it's time to play defense. And that's the plan Casey's bringing.
Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:38 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 9:17 pm

Raptors agree to hire Dwane Casey as coach

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to hire Dwane Casey as the team's next coach. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwane-casey

The Toronto Raptors have reportedly settled on their new head coach just days before the 2011 NBA Draft.

On Friday, we noted that Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey had reportedly established himself as the favorite to coach the Raptors.

On Monday, ESPN.com reported that the Raptors and Casey have "reached an agreement in principle." The Toronto Star and the Dallas Morning News both reported that Casey could be introduced as the team's next head coach as early as Tuesday.

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger confirms that the Raptors and Casey have reached an agreement in principle.

Casey's only head coaching experience came with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, when he went 53-69. He has had his name floated many times in recent years for head coaching positions, but he's never been able to seal the deal. Most recently, the Golden State Warriors elected to hire Mark Jackson after giving Casey consideration.

In Toronto, Casey inherits a mish-mashed roster with young talent that has yet to fully form and has struggled mightily on the defensive end. He will replace former Raptors coach Jay Triano, who was shifted into a consulting role by GM Bryan Colangelo a few weeks back.

The timing of Casey's hire means he will likely have input on who the Raptors select with the No. 5 overall pick in Thursday's draft. He is known for preaching defense, so players like Kawhi Leonard and Bismack Biyombo could get a bump in Toronto's eyes.

Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank was also reportedly a finalist for the Raptors head coaching position.
Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:06 am

Report: Dwane Casey is favorite to coach Raptors

Dwane Casey is reportedly the favorite to coach the Toronto Raptors. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwane-casey

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Until now?

Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey has had his name floated many times in recent years for head coaching positions, but he's never been able to seal the deal. Most recently, the Golden State Warriors elected to hire Mark Jackson after giving Casey consideration.

Casey's luck could change in the near future. ESPN.com reports that Casey could be at the front of the line to take over as head coach of the Toronto Raptors.
Mavs assistant coach Dwane Casey has emerged as the clear favorite for Raptors' job and is on course to be hired next week. Raps had narrowed search to Casey and Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank but have zeroed in on Casey after interviewing both men this week.
Former Raptors coach Jay Triano was shifted into a consulting role by GM Bryan Colangelo a few weeks back.

According to recent odds from Bodog.com, the Raptors have the worst chance to win the 2012 NBA title in the entire league at 150:1 odds. Poaching from the coaching staff of the 2011 champions, then, makes a lot of sense. 

Going from first to worst would seem like a rough transition, but Casey has dealt with struggling teams in the past. His only head coaching experience came in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, with the Minnesota Timberwolves, when he went 53-69. 

In Toronto, Casey would inherit a mish-mashed roster with some young talent that has yet to fully form and has struggled mightily on the defensive end. With young pieces like DeMar DeRozan, Ed Davis, Jerryd Bayless and whoever the team takes with the No. 5 pick in next week's draft, though, the Raptors have potential. A solid, smart, dedicated coach with a ring could help accelerate that ascent.
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:09 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 8:23 pm

Pacers making 'significant' progress on Vogel

Posted by Royce Young

Quietly, the Indiana Pacers have been searching for a head coach. That's kind of been overlooked with all the other openings as well as the fact it's kind of assumed that last year's interim coach Frank Vogel would essentially be given the official head coach title.

And that could finally be happening soon. According to Yahoo! Sports, the Pacers are close to reaching a long-term agreement that would make Vogel their coach.
No final decision has been reached, but sources said most of the hurdles have been cleared for Vogel to be offered a multi-year contract in the near future.

Bird and Vogel have met several times in recent weeks and have targeted several assistant coaches -- including Terry Porter and J.B. Bickerstaff -- that the Pacers would like to surround Vogel.

Indiana hasn’t completely ruled out waiting longer and meeting with outside candidates, but management and Vogel have been increasingly in agreement on how to proceed forward together. Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has urged Bird -- a close friend of his -- to consider assistant coach Dwane Casey, but that appears unlikely.

The Pacers finished strong under Vogel, who became the interim coach after Jim O'Brien was fired earlier in the season. Indiana went 20-18 with Vogel in charge and pushed the top-seeded Bulls in the opening round of the playoffs, eventually bowing out in five games.

However, management is concerned with Vogel's ability to oversee a locker room and maintain the respect of his players. According to the report, things like punctuality and discipline slipped when Vogel took over. His response to that critique has been to go after strong-minded assistants like Porter and Bickerstaff. Vogel, if you'll recall, is the league's youngest coach at 37.

He seems to be a natural fit for the Pacers, and the team obviously plays hard for him. It'd be a wise move for the Pacers to retain Vogel. There are other good alternatives, but clearly the team is willing to play for him, and continuity is always a good thing, if it's an option.

Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 9:38 pm

Golden State Warriors hire Mark Jackson as coach

The Golden State Warriors have announced the hiring of Mark Jackson as their next head coach. Posted by Ben Golliver. mark-jackson

In a press release issued on Monday, the Golden State Warriors announced the hiring of television analyst and former point guard Mark Jackson as their next head coach.
“After an extensive search and a great deal of consideration, we have come to the conclusion that Mark Jackson is the best coach for this team,” Warriors general manager Larry Riley said. “He will bring a youthful and fresh approach to our team, and the fact that he enjoyed a stellar playing career, where he served most of that time as the leader of some very successful teams, will prove invaluable in the long run. We were looking for a coach with leadership ability and a strong personality and believe Mark possesses those qualities. He’s very well respected in NBA circles, is a consummate professional and his knowledge and background will be an incredible asset for our team and organization.”

“We are tremendously excited about the addition of Mark Jackson as our new head coach,” Warriors owner Joe Lacob said. “He epitomized leadership as a player in this league for 17 seasons, and we think that characteristic – and many other positive traits – will translate very well into his coaching duties with our young team. He was a leader and a winner both on and off the floor in this league, and we’re convinced that he is the right person to guide this team into the future and help us achieve the success that we are striving for as an organization.”
Jackson, a first-time head coach at 46 years of age, will assume his new duties as soon as the NBA Finals conclude. Yahoo! Sports reports the following contract details: "three years guaranteed, with team option for the fourth. He'll make $6 million-plus [total], league sources say." Jackson takes over for former coach Keith Smart, who was not retained following the 2010-2011 NBA season.

As noted last week, new Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber seemed intent on putting their own stamp on the franchise, and Jackson is certainly a big-name and fairly splashy hire. He should instantly command the respect of his players given his high profile, connections around the league and general basketball intelligence.

The Warriors were said to be seeking a more defensive-oriented approach, and Jackson played for two physical, intimidating teams in the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks of the 1990s. As with any first-time head coach, it remains to be seen whether Jackson's leadership and toughness on the court transfer to the bench.

Jackson was floated as a finalist for the position last week. Other names the Warriors reportedly considered included Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey, Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw.

Posted on: June 6, 2011 4:37 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 5:05 pm

Mark Jackson in front for Warriors job?

Posted by Royce Young

The Warriors seem to be closing in on a narrowed list of candidates for their head coaching position. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com tweeted Monday that Mavs assistant Dwane Casey would be meeting with owner Joe Lacob once The Finals are over.

Another candidate that's said to be leading, though, is ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, according to NBA.com.

"Jackson is in the lead, according to a league source, having interviewed twice, the second time with owner Joe Lacob," the report says. "Lacob has also conducted interviews with Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer and was believed to have conducted the Malone interview Sunday.

"Those two trail Jackson at the moment. But former Lakers assistant and Oakland native Brian Shaw and Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank aren't out of the mix. Shaw has yet to get a first interview set up by Golden State."

Right now, Detroit, Golden State and Toronto still have openings to be filled, and I think a lot will start to fall in place once The Finals wrap up. Casey seems to be in the mix for all three, and he's said previously that his attention is entirely on Dallas right now.

Jackson, though, has pushed hard for multiple coaching positions, but with no prior experience it's hard to say what kind of fit he'd be with the Warriors. He seems to favor defense because that's the sort of team he typically played on, so if that were so, it would be a bit of a culture change for the Warriors. Which is something Lacob has said in the past he favors, as he'd prefer that Golden State adopt more of a defensive-minded approach rather than run and gun.

Berger said that Jackson, Casey, Michael Malone and Mike Budenholzer are on a list that have or will meet with Lacob.

Posted on: May 21, 2011 4:18 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2011 4:33 pm

Report: Kevin McHale is 'frontrunner' for Rockets

Kevin McHale is reportedly the "frontrunner" to serve as the next head coach of the Houston Rockets. Posted by Ben Golliver. kevin-mchale

The Houston Rockets coaching search has dragged on for weeks, but the team has apparently found a favorite.

A few weeks back, Houston narrowed its list to three finalists: Lawrence Frank, Dwane Casey and Kevin McHale. On Saturday, Yahoo! Sports reports that McHale has emerged from the back as the "frontrunner." The site notes that McHale made "a strong final push in the interview process."
No final decision has officially been reached, nor are contract negotiations underway, but McHale has clearly separated himself from Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, sources said. McHale made a strong final impression in conversations with Houston officials on Thursday in Chicago, and could receive a formal offer in the next week.
The Rockets are clearly in a rebuilding phase, having missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. Injuries to Yao Ming have handcuffed the team, both from a financial perspective and a roster-building perspective.

For the Rockets, McHale might represent an experienced NBA veteran with an affable personality to pull a team through the rigors of a rebuilding effort. At age 53, McHale's time in the NBA spans more than three decades as a player, coach, executive and television commentator.

McHale's previous coaching experience came in two runs with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he also served as a front office executive. McHale's career coaching record is 39-55.

As a player, McHale was a Hall of Fame forward for the Boston Celtics. He won three titles in his 13-year career and was selected to seven All-Star games.
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