Dwane Casey Rumors

The 21-year-old from Toyama Prefecture scored 22 points in the first half and impressed Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey. ”I think he’s going to be a heck of a player, the NBA is a physical game, a tough game. He’s got a great body for the NBA,” Casey, who is in Japan for a coaching clinic and was at the game as a spectator, told Kyodo News. ”I see Rui … developing his game to move out to the 3-point line. Because that’s where the NBA is. Great kid, great work ethic.”
Drummond clicked with Casey, and there is optimism in their second season together could produce another level for the two-time All-Star who has struggled with inconsistency in seven seasons. “I joked that maybe I should get hit in my head more often, but I just think it was a sense of urgency,” Drummond said of last season. “We slipped a little bit in the playoff run and when I came back, if I didn’t play at a high level, we wouldn’t make it in. A switch turned on and started playing the way I was supposed to play. It was taking it to the next level and taking matter into my own hands. That’s the type of intensity I need to have for Game 1.”