Thursday, September 28, 2006

Chad Hartman Interviews Coach Casey

KFAN had Coach Casey fielding questions on the air this afternoon.
Update: You can hear the audio here.

Casey talked about holding training camp in Mankato and said he felt that getting away for a bit with the team and hanging out at the Holiday Inn would be good for team chemistry.

On KG:
Casey was asked a couple times about the SLAM interview in which Garnett indicated he needs help asap. While he said he'd only heard about but not read the article, Casey stated that Garnett has shown only that he's on board and in step with the team and the organization. He said Garnett was excited about the changes and, in particular, that Ticket likes Mike James' bravado.
Garnett, Casey said, is in great shape and his knees are fine. He's spent most of the summer in town and, along with Trent Hassell, has been helping organize team workouts and pickup games.

On Rashad McCants:
McCants has been working on his legs, upper body, doing pool work and looks to be ahead of schedule. Though some have been saying Dec or Jan is feasible for McCants' return, Casey didn't want to commit to any specific time frame. He said his main goal is not to bring him back before he's ready.

On Eddie Griffin:
Casey referred to Griffin as "the biggest surprise of the summer." He's been in the gym everyday and seems very committed to the team. According to Casey, the doctor performing Griffin's eye surgery this summer was surprised that, because of his eye sight, Griffin had even been driving...

On Randy Foye:
Casey didn't want to pigeonhole him into a point guard or off-guard. The coach did say he wants to put Foye into the fire pretty quickly and that the rookie shows more command of the game coming into the season than McCants did last year.

On Troy Hudson:
He's a full-go, is showing "speedy quickness," and his three-point shooting looks good. Casey said the competition among T-Hud, James, and Foye is going to be intense.

As for the glut at guard and lack of a big man, Casey says the team will have to use some "innovative" lineups to make up for those things.