Thursday, January 25, 2007

Continued league and media support for Dwane Casey

From Charley Walters/Pioneer Press:
Casey, 49, said Wednesday he received numerous calls of support from coaches and general managers within the NBA, as well as a 10-minute message from Wolves star Kevin Garnett, who said he enjoyed playing for him and wished that it could have been longer. Casey said each of the Wolves players called him.

Sid Hartman, who believes the firing "shouldn't have happened," also relays the following:
Casey said he believed his fate was decided when Kevin Garnett got kicked out of Friday's double-overtime loss to Detroit, and Ricky Davis walked off the court...

According to Rick Alonzo/Pioneer Press, Coach Nate McMillan "told Portland reporters he would like to have Casey join the Trail Blazers in some capacity down the road."

Jim Souhan/Star Tribune on Dwane Casey:
Casey should regard the firing as a reprieve. No longer will he shoulder blame for the incessant mistakes made by McHale and his unconditional friend Taylor.

Coach Karl comments on Casey's firing:
"Point blank, it's a business," said Nuggets head coach George Karl. "But it's wrong - simple as that, given that short a period of time. It's too short a period of time (to judge)."