Dwane Casey Rumors
The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have hired Rex Kalamian (Kah LAY mee an), Andy Greer and Jerry Stackhouse as assistant coaches on head coach Dwane Casey’s staff. “I am pleased to add Rex, Andy and Jerry to our coaching staff,” said Casey. “They are established winners at the NBA level, and bring valuable experience and a passion for the game to our team. Together with Nick and Jama, we have a group that will challenge our players daily to improve and compete.”
What was your pitch to Carroll when you met with him? Dwane Casey: We need you. You’re a defensive guy. We want to be a defensive team. We had been until last year. We moved from 30th [in defensive efficiency in 2010-11, the season before Casey was hired] to top 10, and then took a step back unwillingly. He’s a big part of us taking that next step. That was the pitch. I love his story, that he’s a self-made player. If said six years ago that DeMarre Carroll would be one of the top players in the league, nobody would have believed you. But he’s made himself into that player. That’s my kind of guy and our kind of guy.