HoopsHype Dwane Casey rumors

November 21, 2013 Updates

Before playing at home for just the sixth time in his NBA career, eight-year veteran Kyle Lowry had his teammates over for dinner on Tuesday night. Lowry’s mother and wife cooked the food and a barber was even on hand to give out haircuts to those in need. A week earlier, the Raptors dined at the Memphis home of Rudy Gay. Head coach Dwane Casey said the gatherings are good for the team. “Any time you get guys together off the court, build that camaraderie, it’s pretty good,” Casey said. “He did it up right. Everybody had a great time.” Toronto Sun

November 17, 2013 Updates

This season's schedule doesn't let up until mid-January, meaning the record might not be pretty by then. But the 2013-14 Raptors already have four wins in 10 contests and Casey believes this season's squad will be fine. "It's a different feel because of what we went through last year," Casey said Saturday morning after the Raptors went through a practice in preparation for a visit by the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. "We've kicked away a couple of games that we should have had, (but) I don't feel the mental letdown from those two games (like what constantly happened last year), we've bounced right back," he said. Toronto Sun

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Suggestions — joking, perhaps — that the Raptors’ season went in the toilet when the team’s mascot suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon tear are providing the fodder Casey needs to rile up his team. The latest came in the New York Times, which lumped Toronto in with a handful of teams with no hope for the coming season, saying the injury to the mascot was an “omen.” The coach did not take it well. “That’s total disrespect,” Casey said Sunday afternoon. “We’ve got to have a chip on our shoulders, I’ve got a chip on my shoulder. If you don’t, you shouldn’t be in uniform because when people disrespect you like that and say the season went when the mascot went down, what does that say about us? It doesn’t say a lot. Toronto Star

October 11, 2013 Updates

Andrea Bargnani was back in Toronto Thursday, and while Raptors coach Dwane Casey wasn’t there to greet him, he had a suggestion for the new Knick forward. “He should probably put on ear plugs,” Casey joked with reporters, anticipating plenty of Toronto boo birds at Friday’s game. “They can boo (Bargnani) all they want to now,” Casey said. “Fans are going to do what they’re going to do.” New York Daily News

The Raptor was lost for the season after tearing his Achilles in Halifax last week. He has since undergone surgery. “That was devastating, my daughter was still upset about that,” said Raptors head coach Dwane Casey on Thursday. “He was supposed to go by her school this week. He’s one of the best in the league and it’s devastating when you lose a guy like that who is a heart and soul, the spirit of the team. He’ll be back. He’s just down and out a little right now. “We’re going to miss our Raptor. He’s a big part of us.” Toronto Sun

October 10, 2013 Updates

The Chicken is gone for the year. He blew out his Achilles in Halifax. You could make a pretty good argument that the Chicken (a.k.a. The Raptor) is this franchise’s standout performer. He’s a Canadian all-star. A 19-year veteran. Doesn’t have off years. Appreciates our TV selection. There have been nights — oh God, so many nights — when the only reason to stick around past the third quarter was to see the Inflatable Raptor ‘eat’ security guards on the sideline. We’re not sure what he’s paid. We’re sure it’s not enough. “My daughter cried,” coach Dwane Casey said of the news. Toronto Star

October 7, 2013 Updates

At the end of the year, at least partly out of self-preservation, Colangelo chained himself to Casey … and was promptly fired (or re-assigned, if you prefer the vague language of press releases). New Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke brought in Masai Ujiri from Denver to replace Colangelo, and it seemed likely Ujiri would hire his own coach. “Anytime you have change like that, it’s always unsettling,” Casey said in a one-on-one interview on Wednesday evening. “I wasn’t the only one in the organization in that situation. It was unsettling.” National Post

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Kyle Lowry, arguably the Raptors’ most important cog, is in the final year of his contract and at times has butted headed with head coach Dwane Casey. Lowry has been training relentlessly this summer and has said repeatedly that his squad is in the playoff next year. Fortunately for him, there isn’t much on the Raptors roster to challenge his spot at starter. If Lowry and Casey can get on the same page things could go pretty well for both. If both has a contentious season, as they did much of last year, then one or both could be gone by mid-season. HoopsWorld

August 21, 2013 Updates

“The talent is there,” Casey said. “There is not a better athlete in the NBA than Terrence Ross. But just, bringing it on a consistent basis is his own personal challenge. We pushed him as a coaching staff and work with him till the cows come home, but until he makes up his mind mentally that he is going to exert that same athleticism and effort on both ends of the floor, that’s when he will make the next step. … He has been working with a shooting coach this summer, trying to get that consistent, working on his shot. His ballhandling, his defense in pick-and-roll situations, he has been working on that all summer.” Sporting News

“Everyone’s on a year-to-year contract,” Casey told Sporting News from his home in Seattle. “I don’t care who you are, we all are. I am going to coach the same as if I had a 10-year contract or a one-year contract. I can’t get caught up in that. … The good thing about it is, I have a good relationship with Masai. He is originally from Seattle, he went to high school there. So I have known him for a long time. In the end, I am going to be judged by how we improve. I am not going to spend a waking moment worrying about my contract.” Sporting News

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“He reminds me of Jack Sikma,” Casey said, a big smile coming across his face as he launched into a story from the good old days. Sikma, a seven-time All-Star in the 1970s and 1980s, is remembered in coaching circles for the “Sikma move,” a face-up motion with the ball kept high in a flexible position that allows for a quick jumper or an up-and-under fake to set up a drive to the basket. SI.com

His biggest area of improvement, meanwhile, isn’t even technically a basketball skill. “His English is 10 times better than my Lithuanian,” Casey joked. “His English is so much better. Last year, I would be yelling at him and he would be like, ‘OK, coach.’ He had no clue what I was saying. … Now, he is understanding the NBA verbiage — floppy, tag, the everyday NBA words that you understand. He is learning those and that makes it easier and it makes for a quicker read, better communication in the flow of the game.” SI.com

July 16, 2013 Updates

But Dwane Casey is not going to play along — no way, no how, no chance. He made that crystal clear here Monday afternoon, months before training camp even begins, the time when the questions about his future could become almost a daily occurrence. “I’m going to say this and I’m not going to talk about it again: I could care less about three years on the contract, four years on the contract, I’m going to be the same coach,” he said after the Raptors played an informal scrimmage with the Washington Wizards on a Summer League off-day. “This year, I’m going to coach the way I want to coach, to coach the way that puts us in the best position to win.” Toronto Star

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