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Old 06-21-2011, 10:38 AM   #24
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Default Re: Dwane Casey may be favorite to be next Raptors coach

The Toronto Star blog says:

It’s not hard to understand why Casey would be seen as a desirable candidate to coach this team — he was reported to be the “defensive architect” behind the Mavs’ championship run this season, including the zone defense that confounded LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the Finals. I’m not sure how much credit Casey really deserves for the Mavs’ defense, considering that Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has been one of the better defensive coaches in the league for quite some time. But Raptors fans can hope that he’s learned a lot from “the master” and can apply those strategies to a team that has had the NBA’s worst defense for two straight seasons.

Casey’s previous NBA head coaching experience was in Minnesota, where he compiled a 53-69 record over a season-and-a-half from 2005 to 2007. When Casey took over the Timberwolves for the 2005-06 season, he improved their Defensive Rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) from 15th overall in 2004-05 to 10th in the NBA in his only full season. Casey was fired midway through the 2006-07 season with a 20-20 record, and the T-Wolves proceeded to go 12-30 under his replacement, Randy Wittman.
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