As for whether there's a hidden, deeper issue at work, none of us have any idea since we're not in the locker room.
What players doesn't want more playing time, rookie, sophomore, or otherwise?
Was there sustained and ongoing tension between Iverson and Larry Brown? Yes.
Was there sustained and ongoing tension between Rafer Alson and Sam Mitchell? Yes.
Is there sustained and ongoing tension between JV and Casey? No.
Just a Coach not trusting his player, and a Player feeling like he's earned that trust.
There's nothing wrong... Casey's just a moron.
"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."
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This is the sort of issue where I trust Ujiri has a pretty good read on it (much better than fans watching for non-verbal cues during timeouts) and would act appropriately if he felt it was a potentially explosive situation. I think MU respects Casey's authority to manage minutes, but would intervene things if he saw a deteriorating relationship. At least I would hope that would be MU's reaction to the situation. For what it's worth, my reading of JV's body language is pretty much what p00ka has said.
Body language is so important. I'm trying to peg Jonas' recent behaviour on this graphic, but I need some help:
I don't think its tension its just DC being a complete idiot, he has no idea how to manage young players and develop them
So how many posters thought Dwayne Casey was an idiot incarnate in the previous two years and vocalized as much as is happening this year. Seriously, does one get to ascend to head coach in the NBA because he had as consistent a record of blatant game/team management errors that many of us erstwhile armchair gms and coaches can obviously detect even from our tv screens? And here is the kicker...yet he continues to enjoy the full credit and confidence (to borrow a phrase) of the chief poobah, Masai.
Why is this so?
Found this at Rotoworld:
Not only does this make me hate Casey even more, but it makes me question, like Bendit above, where this constant slack Casey is getting is coming from.I don’t know what these folks are expecting of a big man that hasn’t been given consistent late-game experience and has little chance of switching successfully onto a guy like Walker. It wasn’t the best challenge in the world, but you can get a sense for what JV is up against in Toronto. Enough people around the team are supportive of Casey's nitpicky approach to Valanciunas in a chicken-and-egg arrangement in which JV needs playing time to improve, but isn’t being given time because Casey is in full-on win-now mode and doesn’t believe developing Valanciunas will help.
And in regards to his own comments, it would be very bad form for a young player to blame the coach for his problems; however, if he says he needs to get better, Casey needs to realize that that won't happen without the minutes.
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