Tag:Jay Triano
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 1, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 7:08 am
 

Jay Triano let go as head coach of Raptors

Posted by Matt Moore

Unexpected news is the course of the day on a quiet Finals off day, it would seem. The Raptors and GM Bryan Colangelo announced in a conference call on Wednesday that head coach Jay Triano's option would not be picked up for 2011-2012 but that he would remain with the team as a "special assistant/consultant" to the GM. 

Colangelo was just given a gratuitous extension after several years of failed building around Chris Bosh and an equally difficult rebuilding year in the first post-CB4 season. Triano was thought to be a quality person under bad conditions trying to win with a flawed roster. But the defensive struggles of the Raptors reflected more than the lack of quality defensive personnel Colangelo had assembled. Speculation is that this may have been part of the terms of Colangelo's extension, along with a move more toward traditional NBA rosters and away from the Euro approach Colangelo has opted for, building around Andrea Bargnani. Additionally, Triano's record of 87-142 was nothing to write home about. If so, Triano is at once a scapegoat and lucky to be retained, if that makes any sense. 

With Triano out, late in the coaching search season, the Raptors will likely try and pick up one of the quality coaches on the market. Rick Adelman makes a lot of sense, as he does everywhere, but Adelman has indicated he wants to pursue more of a managerial role, something impossible with Colangelo in charge. 

We'll have more news on the release of Jay Triano as head coach soon.

Here's the release.  

Toronto Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo announced Wednesday the club will not exercise its option on head coach Jay Triano for the 2011-12 season. Triano will be retained as a consultant to the basketball team as a special assistant to the president and general manager.

The search for a new head coach will commence immediately. There is no definitive timetable for the completion of the search process.

“I have great respect for Jay Triano both as a person and as a basketball mind,” said Colangelo. “Jay deserves tremendous credit for developing our young players this past season and our most recent win-loss record does not appropriately reflect his many positive contributions to this organization.

“This was a difficult decision to make, but after almost three full seasons of observation and evaluation I believe that bringing in a new voice as head coach will accelerate the progress we are looking to make in the coming years.

“I am very pleased that Jay has agreed to stay on and help see through the plan that we have designed and initiated together.”

“I am grateful to the organization for the opportunity to be a head coach in the NBA,” said Triano. “I am proud of the work that I and the coaching staff have done with our young players and feel confident we have laid the foundation for a team that will continue to improve. I look forward in assisting Bryan to deliver a championship team to Toronto.”
Triano was promoted to head coach and signed to a three-year contract May 11, 2009. He finished with an 87-142 record (.380).
Triano served as an assistant to three coaches before being named interim head coach December 3, 2008 following the dismissal of Sam Mitchell.
A native of Niagara Falls, Canada, Triano became the first Canadian born and Canadian trained coach in the NBA when he joined Lenny Wilkens’ staff for the 2002-03 season. 

Posted on: November 27, 2010 3:33 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Reggie Evans breaks foot, out indefinitely

Toronto Raptors forward Reggie Evans fractured his right foot and is out indefinitely. Posted by Ben Golliver reggie-evans In addition to being a deep thinker on gender issues , Toronto Raptors forward Reggie Evans is one of the NBA's most incredible single-tool players.  Evans rebounds, and nothing more. As of Sunday, Evans was No. 3 in the league with 12.6 rebounds per game, and he was tops for rebounds per 48 minutes , with 21.7. Evans does the dirty work and he does it without requiring touches. On a team as soft as the Raptors, he is worth his weight in gold. Unfortunately for Toronto, Evans fractured his right foot during a Friday night 110-101 loss to the Boston Celtics, according to the team's television broadcaster . The Toronto Star reports that the team and coach Jay Triano have not placed a timeline on Evans' recovery from the broken foot, but it's obviously expected to be lengthy.
“It’s broken, a fracture, a break, I don’t know,” a downcast Triano said. “X-rays were positive, I have no idea of timeline or anything else.”
Evans, who averages nearly 12 rebounds a night and is by far Toronto’s most effective player on the boards, was injured with about six minutes left in the third quarter and hobbled to the bench. He had the x-rays in the arena and got the bad news there, departing for the team bus on crutches before the post-game media session began. He missed 50 games last season with an injury to his other foot but was among Toronto’s best players before Friday’s mishap.“He went up for a rebound and I guess he came down funny on it and felt something and knew he was in trouble,” said Triano.
The Raptors can't replace Evans' rebounding, and will likely look to fill his minutes using a platoon of foul-prone Amir Johnson, over-the-hill Peja Stojakovic, and untested Joey Dorsey. Rookie power forward Ed Davis has been recovering from an injury earlier in the year and was recently sent down to the D-League  and could be another option down the line. However they try to plug it, the hole on the boards won't make for a pretty sight as the Raptors, with Evans, were in the middle of the pack in the Atlantic Division at 6-10. For his part, the tough-minded Evans took the news well, addressing Raptors fans and the city of Toronto on his Twitter account Friday night. "T Dot let's not feel sorry for me just minor setbacks for a major comeback," Evans wrote. "Let's Get Itttttttttttttttttt."
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Posted on: September 24, 2010 2:51 am
 

Preseason Primer: Toronto Raptors

Posted by Matt Moore

There's little but ruins left in Toronto with Chris Bosh gone. Bryan Colangelo managed to keep his job, as did Jay Triano, and the cast of characters remains largely the same. The goals have shifted, with the future now being the primary consideration as Colangelo has started shedding salary (including Hedo Turkoglu) and locking up younger talent. Training camp could be nice and relaxed. It could be a mess. There's no way to tell. But we'll try and get a feel for where things stand in our next edition of our Preseason Primers .

Training camp site: Toronto, Canada />
Training camp starts: September 28th

Key additions: Leandro Barbosa (trade), Linas Kleiza (free agency), Julian Wright (trade)

Key subtractions: Chris Bosh (Pat Riley), Hedo Turkoglu (trade), Antoine Wright (free agency)

Likely starting lineup: Jarret Jack (PG), DeMar DeRozan (SG), Linas Kleiza (SF), Amir Johnson (PF), Andrea Bargnani (C)

Player to watch: DeMar DeRozan. Andrea Bargnani will be under the most pressure, but DeRozan has the highest ceiling to improve. DeRozan flashed great athleticism last season and showed off an improved finesse game at summer league. He'll need to capitalize on his entire game in camp if he wants to set the tone of himself as the future for the franchise and give them something to build on.


Chemistry quiz: This team did not seem to like each other last season. Whether that was the pressure of the Bosh scenario, we don't know, but they're going to need to click more this year. Particularly, the team doesn't communicate on defense. At all. It's like radio silence. The jury is not just out on Jay Triano, it's in a pretty fierce debate at the moment. Nothing has been introduced to show that Triano gets through to this team in any capacity.


Camp battles: Jarret Jack and Jose Calderon may get in a knife fight. Linas Kleiza and Amir Johnson probably will get into a knife fight.

Injury issues:
Ed Davis is out after a meniscus injury. Calderon had some bumps and bruises, but in general, the team is young and healthy. Barbosa is trying to come back from not just injury but personal issues last year.

Biggest strength: Bucket-getting. The team can score, that's for sure. Bargnani can hit from anywhere on the foor, with touch and range. Amir Johnson can crash the boards on the offensive glass. Calderon still has a jumper in him. Barbosa is still fast. They can run and they can score and that's pretty much the extent of what they can do.

Glaring weakness: They couldn't stop a corpse with a flamethrower. Their defense is pretty much like the Death Star. Sure there are tall structures, but in reality, you can just fly in, do your business, and get out.
Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:56 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 9:50 pm
 

Pop Quiz: Which coach is on the hot seat?

Posted by Matt Moore

Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell ... The NBA season is right around the corner, and NBA training camp starts in just a few short weeks. To get you ready for the NBA season, we've put together 25 pop quizzes. Pencils ready? We continue our Pop Quizzes with this question...

Which coach has the hottest seat going into the season?


Scott Brooks.

No kidding, you have to put Scott Brooks on this list. Even though he's been instrumental in taking a team with nothing but young players and turning them into a playoff team that looks every bit ready to challenge for a Western Conference title, Brooks has to be on this list. Why? Because he was so good last year he won the career death sentence: the Coach of the Year award. Let's take a look at the previous winners, shall we?

Mike Brown: canned.

Byron Scott: deleted.

Sam Mitchell: terminated.

Avery Johnson: gonezo.

Yeesh. Watch your back, Scottie.

Okay, besides the superstition, who's actually in danger of losing their gig this year? Here are four candidates.

Jay Triano: It's been stunning how Triano has managed to avoid harsh criticism for his squad's performance which helped lead to Chris Bosh's departure without so much as a consideration for staying in Toronto. Brian Colangelo takes all the blame for constructing a spineless defensive team with too many inconsistencies offensively, despite acquiring Amir Johnson and Reggie Evans and being willing to spend for Hedo Turkoglu (who despite all his problems, was a legit quality free agent last summer). Yet Triano's team wound up with the worst defensive marks in the league, falling out of the playoffs down the stretch, and he walked away largely unscathed. Now the Raptors are suffering with a significant lack of talent, and often, guys who underperformed with talent end up getting removed when they actually have good reasons for underperforming... much like Triano faces this season.

John Kuester: The offensive wiz of a team now considered to be one of the greater disappointments of the last decade had a rough opening season. Injuries and subpar play from their big free agents (which most people saw coming outside of the Pistons, though not to the degree) played a part, but this is a cold hearted business that very rarely provides reasonable responses to legitimate causes for losing. If Kuester can't get the Pistons turned around with that payroll, his reputation may not spare him from the axe of Joe Dumars.

Flip Saunders: If anyone in the entire league has an excuse for struggling through two seasons, it's got to be Saunders. Saunders was at the helm for one of the most disastrous seasons in league history last year, and had to preside over the meltdown, grin, and bear it as all his talent was shipped out in a rebuilding plan. John Wall was a Godsend, but Saunders has to deal with re-integrating Gilbert Arenas, containing the combustible Andray Blatche, and trying to move the franchise forward with John Wall. Throw in new majority ownership from Ted Leonsis, and Saunders may have too much stacked against him to survive a poor start, fair or not.

Jim O'Brien: Larry Bird has committed to O'Brien, has stayed by his side, and recently gave him a vote of confidence. But he's in the last year of his deal, which makes letting him go much easier to swallow. On top of that, the questions about talent are no longer going to valid this year. The Pacers now feature a legit center in Roy Hibbert, a legit star forward in Danny Granger, and a star point guard in Darren Collison. If O'Brien can't make this team work in a thin Eastern Conference, with at least some improvement, Bird may run out of patience for him.


Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:15 am
Edited on: August 30, 2010 11:30 am
 

Shootaround 8.30.10: Can't read BJ's poker face

Dragic slowed up, Jordan giving out, and Brandon Jennings does Lady Gaga. For real.
Posted by Matt Moore


So Brandon Jennings lost some sort of bet, and as a result, was forced to do a video online of him dancing to Lady Gaga . Yes, it is as bizarre-looking as it sounds.

Goran Dragic has been great so far in the FIBA World Championships, but found himself in foul trouble on Sunday in Slovenia's loss to Team USA. Twice, Dragic got caught trying to sneak up on a player's weakside off the inbounds. It's like Dragic got too comfortable playing non-NBA players and forgot just how well-trained even this inexperienced Team USA team is. And Chauncey Billups is anything but inexperienced.

Sam Amico of NBA.com reports that the Nuggets are looking at the Nets, Wolves, and Kings as possible options for trading Carmelo Anthony. But this assumes the Nuggets have all the leverage, which they don't .

Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats donated a quarter of a million dollars to middle-school athletics in Charlotte. It's another instance in a continuing theme of Jordan looking to invest in the Charlotte area. If he's planning on being the absentee owner many thought he would be, he's at least making a good show in the other direction.

FIBA play isn't necessarily the place for post play. But as NBA Playbook points out, establishing position is just as important there. Also, they provide a look at Ante Tomic, the Jazz draft pick who looked good for Croatia.

A resources company in Cleveland is cashing in on a former LeBron James ad campaign with a 'Witness' campaign of their own. Yet another indication that the bridges he burned in Cleveland won't be rebuilt in a day.

As a reminder, Brandon Rush got tagged with a five game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy. The interesting note? He's yet another Kansas or Kansas State player found in trouble with drugs. You'll remember Mario Chalmers' problems at the rookie transition program, along with Michael Beasley.

Bryan Colangelo is on the hot seat in Toronto. The question is, why isn't Jay Triano also feeling warm in the butt? It's been Triano's defense that has been systemically bad, despite good man-defenders in Amir Johnson and Antoine Wright. It's been Triano's team unable to close out games, despite having Chris Bosh. Everyone looks at Colangelo as the problem, but as Raptors Republic points out, Colangelo has yet to to hand pick a coach in Toronto.

Wanna know just how far back your team's good (or bad) decisions go? Take a look at these flowcharts . The Knicks one is especially hilarious/tragic.

Rich Cho says there's no way to know how Greg Oden's knee will respond until it's "under stress." Pretty much, Greg Oden's not going to be considered healthy until he's considered healthy. It's a binary question.




 
 
 
 
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