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The fact that Nurse isn't Casey's guy actually gives me more confidence. Nurse knows who he works for, and it isn't Casey. Nurse will have no problem working with a guy outside of Casey's instructions, because he knows that as long as he is doing what he was hired for, Casey can't touch him. If Casey tried to make a deal of it, everyone knows who MU is going to turf and who he is going to keep.
I understand why you feel making the move makes sense, I just think that Nurse will be an option regardless. Unless some other team makes a coaching change and tries to hire Nurse, then the Raps can keep him in their back pocket. It's kind of like the Derozan extension, why make the move if you don't have to? If the new look roster doesn't entice an established pedigreed coach, then Nurse is ready to go. If SVG is interested, then Nurse can continue to work as an assistant or not, if we land SVG I honestly don't care what happens to Nurse.
Heir, Prince of Cambridge
Nurse might (and I emphasize 'might') be a decent head coach one day. Maybe Masai is saving that card for when he has a balanced roster to work with, rather than set him up to fail with the current group.
I just need SOMETHING to happen, because I'm tired of not knowing what the plan is. I just can't tell if Casey is truly a moron, or if he's being told to subtly tank. Masai, you gotta give us a sign...
"Masai WILL win us a championship"
- Tim Leiweke
Ujiri: "One thing I can say for sure is that we will not be stuck in the middle."
Reporter: "How can you say that?"
Ujiri: "Because I can say that."
You'll have your sign in about 20 games.
I agree with all your wrote except the bold. I'm not sure. I mean last year he rode Alan Anderson while Ross was on the bench. ED spent more time on the pine than in the game. JV is the best big on the team and he sits more than he plays. I don't think that can be a given. Casey does not like youth.... at all. He is probably the worst possible coach you could have while trying to develop players.
"You donít know the Bruno Caboclo......"Bruno Caboclo
i forgot how much he buried Ed
i kind of forgot about Ed in general, actually
You're could be right about the vets, but again, that is where I'm putting this on MU. Bring back players that are either young enough that they couldn't be considered vets to play over a young player who knows our system (advantage of having 0 rookies this year), or players so horribly bad on expiring, that Casey won't have a choice. Even Aaron Gray hasn't been getting the DC love lately (thank god!).
So I suppose it really depends on who you are bringing back. Would Casey play Ben Gordon over Ross? Gordon is an under-sized shooting guard, who doesn't play defence and really can't shoot anymore. Ross has been playing better D and is at least working to improve. Really, if you bring in Gordon, you could work out a buy-out, completely removing him from the equation.
Again, using Gordon for Gay as the example, without Gay, who do you use for small-ball? Fields? Maybe, but that means that Ross is coming in likely anyway to play on the wing. Less small-ball should mean more minutes for JV. Also, I think the JV minutes thing is a little distorted anyway. His MP in 5 games are: 31, 17,16, 27, 27. The Atlanta-Milwaukee game aside, 27-31 minutes is a good number for a young big, still learning the game while playing with 2 vets (Amir 30MPG, and Hansbourgh 19MPG) who are going to get some minutes. JV is getting minutes, they just aren't ideally spread out by quarter and, more importantly to his development, the offence (aka Gay and DD) is completely ignoring him as the game progresses. I'd like Gay and DD are playing hero ball, that to me is the bigger issue than Casey's minute distribution.
At the end of the day, I think the risk/reward factor is better with Nurse being retained as an assistant for the season, with the intention of being brought back as an assisstant or as Plan B. If you promote him, then hire someone else, would he come back? I think most people agree that Nurse might be a very good coach someday, I just worry that those days are a few years away, so better to keep him "in house" for now.
Heir, Prince of Cambridge
Even Doug Smith couldn't defend Casey today. That decision last night was so bewildering, so obviously wrong that it betrayed either a stunning lack of planning and preparation on the part of the coaching staff or an incomprehensible lack of awareness and judgment. Casey has lost the right to expect the benefit of the doubt from anyone.
If the thought process behind such an obvious decision is that fundamentally flawed then how can you believe that the thought process behind any other decision he makes is any better?
What were the assistant coaches doing during those final 26 seconds???
"Yes boss. We'll follow you off the cliff, boss..."
How does a group of 30 basketball minds (including the players) not figure it out?
Lowry: scared of butting heads with Casey and ruining his chances of salvaging his career as a "starter"
DD: probably believes in Casey a lot. He's a homer and will be to the end.
Fields & Amir: similar to Demar, he's deferring to the coach
Gay: scared of defence
Heir, Prince of Cambridge
Put it into context that the Raptors do not want to win games this season, for example look at the type of basketball Orlando is playing. They managed to draft a good big man (Vucevic). Proceeded to be awful and drafted Oladipo, now they are still gonna have a bad record this season, but the team is centered around 2 hard working leadership guys and the franchise will be back in the playoffs sooner rather than later, and competing in them. This is what the Raps want to do, we have Val, now we just need that other legit guy to center the teams mentality and leadership around.
And that means keeping Casey, and losing as many games as possible. Even if we don't get Wiggins, there are other players in the draft that would work just as well (Parker, Saric with a late lotto, hopefully from a Gay trade)
Colangelo had lots of faults but not getting a tangible asset for Bosh was one of the worst things he did. Even a guy like Dwight who everyone knew was unhappy and wanted to leave resulted in numerous picks and prospects. Toronto however got a TPE
Hopefully MU can clean up Bryan's mess. Not going to be easy but he did a heck of a job with Bargnani.
On a more ominous note....I wonder If Casey loses the locker room over last night's fiasco/s.
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