HoopsHype Dwane Casey rumors
With their 102-98 win over the host Bucks Saturday night, the Raptors have now posted 21 road wins with two more remaining on the schedule. The latest wasn’t easy, not decided until the very end as Milwaukee refused to go away, a testament to head coach Larry Drew and his players. It was also a testament to Toronto’s lack of focus in playing a first half head coach Dwane Casey would refer to as “crap.’’ DeMar DeRozan sealed it with 9.9 seconds left, making both of his free throws on a night when the Raptors made their shots from the stripe down the stretch. Toronto Sun
Head coach Dwane Casey wouldn’t quibble about his 1-of-9 shooting in the game, saying the effort was there. If anything, he thought his sophomore centre might have been trying too hard. But Casey was not about to say Valanciunas couldn’t use the break in the schedule that comes with the all-star weekend. “He needs a rest,” Casey said. “He needs a mental rest. Again, he was trying. I thought he did a good job of rebounding but he couldn’t buy a bucket. But he did an excellent job of using his length against them getting rebounds.” Toronto Sun
With a 16-9 record in his last 25 games, a Coach of the Month award for December on his mantle and a legitimate opportunity to get the Raptors to the playoffs for the first time in seven years, Dwane Casey could hardly be blamed for pestering the Toronto front office for a contract extension. But, as a source told Sporting News, that hasn’t been the case—there have been, “no really significant discussions,” on extending Casey’s contract, which runs up at the end of this season. Sporting News
Instead, it appears that Casey and the Raptors will finish out what has been a decidedly strange year in Toronto, and re-evaluate. That’s perfectly fine with Casey, who would have no problem returning to his home in Seattle and focusing on lures and casts rather than Xs and Os. “I never worried about having a job,” Casey said. “I say that with all sincerity. I never worried about losing a job, getting a job. Because I learned a long time ago how to fish.” Sporting News
Dwight Buycks is back with the Toronto Raptors, but for how long remains a question. Buycks, signed this past summer off a solid summer league stint in Orlando to add some depth at the point guard position, spent five games with the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League averaging 23 minutes a game, 12.4 points and four assists a night before his recall yesterday. “He had some good stints down there and that was kind of what we wanted him to go for, about five games and bring him back,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. “He may go back down, but I believe in the D-League. I think it’s great for young players, it’s great for experience especially with us not having a lot of hard practice days with so many games this month.” Toronto Sun
"The last two games (against Miami and Indiana) should tell us how far we still have to go," Casey told me. "Those are two very talented teams with established programs. They've tasted the conference finals and (Miami) has tasted a championship. They know big play moments. You think you are playing well (against them) and then boom, here comes a haymaker. They know those moments and those are the moments with physicality, toughness, focus and concentration you've got to recognize as a player out there on the court. We are still trying to get there and that's our challenge. "There's no reason for any of us to be content or satisfied or to be able to be happy. We should still be hungry. We've gotta' play as a hungry team." Yahoo! Sports
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