HoopsHype Dwane Casey rumors
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
The Toronto Raptors' Dwane Casey and the Phoenix Suns' Jeff Hornacek today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in December. NBA.com
For the first time since 2010 Toronto is a .500 team 30 games into the season. It's also the best record the team has had under Casey, this late into the campaign. "Personally, I don't give a crap," said Casey, asked what his team's recent success means to him, a coach with an expiring deal. "I mean, it's not about me. It's about that team in there in that locker room. I'm going to be in coaching for a long time. so it's not about me, it's about those guys in the locker room. For them, I think it's another huge step as far as their growth is concerned and I truly mean that." TSN
Casey and Corbin, like Wittman, are also in their final year of their respective contracts, but the fire sale clearly underway in Toronto as well as the youth movement undertaken in Utah means those two really aren't being judged on wins and losses at the moment. It's likewise too early for Brown and Drew, both just months into their jobs with new teams, to be feeling any legit heat. ESPN.com
Masai Ujiri is not judging head coach Dwane Casey on the end results of Toronto’s games. He knows the previous edition of the team and the post-Rudy Gay version are not world beaters by any stretch. So Casey, in the final year of his three-year contract, apparently won’t have to go full bore after victories at all costs like most coaches looking for an extension do. “If we were grading on wins and losses, I’d be talking differently here. That’s not what we’re doing here. I think our grade is on growth, how we grow as a team, how we grow as an organization, how we build, how our young players are getting better, how we handle our situations, how we communicate,” Ujiri said Monday. Toronto Sun
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