I have found a rumor regarding the Timberwolves' interest with hiring Dwayne Casey as their head coach. Sepeculations is that Taylor would be willing to pay the remaining 2 years for Kurt Rambis. So if there's any truth to this, I'm sure Twolves fans are somewhat rejoicing about the news / rumor. Well, I am...
A little birdie says the Timberwolves are committed to paying the $4 million they still owe coach Kurt Rambis for the remaining two years of his contract. If Rambis isn't brought back, former Wolves coach Dwane Casey, who was 20-17 with the Wolves before losing his final three games in January of 2007, would seem a worthy candidate to return. Casey is an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks.
Read more: http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/nba?eref=sihp#ixzz1P5OvxBgd
Dwayne Casey have coached the Minnesota Timberwolves after replacing Kevin McHale. And now, he will be replacing Kurt Rambis. Wow. He replaced a bad coach, and is going to replace another bad coach. What i mean by a bad coach is bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad coach... you get the point. For McHale, we could argue about his coaching. And if you win that arguement.. Well, he's a bad bad bad bad bad bad bad General Manager.
Let's look at how Casey panned out as the TWolves coach before. I got this from basketball-reference.com
|Season||Age||Lg||Tm||G||W||L||W-L%||W > .500||Finish|
That's not bad. Not bad at all. I don't have great expectations from him with our current young core. But if Casey can bring this group to a 30 Win season, I say, this team is finally on the right track.
Let's look at what roster he had during coaching career with the Wolves.
2005-06 Minnesota Timberwolves Roster
Coach: Dwane Casey (33-49)
|3||Marcus Banks||G||6-2||200||November 19, 1981||2||University of Nevada, Las Vegas|
|30||Mark Blount||C||7-0||230||November 30, 1975||5||University of Pittsburgh|
|7||Anthony Carter||G||6-1||190||June 16, 1975||6||University of Hawaii|
|31||Ricky Davis||G||6-6||195||September 23, 1979||7||University of Iowa|
|12||Ronald Dupree||F||6-7||209||January 26, 1981||2||Louisiana State University|
|24||Richie Frahm||G||6-5||210||August 14, 1977||2||Gonzaga University|
|21||Kevin Garnett||F||6-11||220||May 19, 1976||10|
|41||Eddie Griffin||F||6-10||220||May 30, 1982||3||Seton Hall University|
|23||Trenton Hassell||G||6-5||200||March 4, 1979||4||Austin Peay State University|
|16||Troy Hudson||G||6-1||170||March 13, 1976||8||Southern Illinois University|
|55||Marko Jaric||G||6-7||198||October 12, 1978||3|
|35||Mark Madsen||F||6-9||240||January 28, 1976||5||Stanford University|
|1||Rashad McCants||G||6-4||207||September 25, 1984||R||University of North Carolina|
|34||Michael Olowokandi||C||7-0||269||April 3, 1975||7||University of the Pacific|
|9||Justin Reed||F||6-8||240||January 16, 1982||1||University of Mississippi|
|10||Wally Szczerbiak||F||6-7||244||March 5, 1977||6||Miami University|
|17||Nikoloz Tskitishvili||F||7-0||225||April 14, 1983||3|
|6||Bracey Wright||G||6-3||210||July 1, 1984||R||Indiana University|
2006-07 Minnesota Timberwolves Roster
|30||Mark Blount||C||7-0||230||November 30, 1975||6||University of Pittsburgh|
|31||Ricky Davis||G||6-6||195||September 23, 1979||8||University of Iowa|
|4||Randy Foye||G||6-4||210||September 24, 1983||R||Villanova University|
|21||Kevin Garnett||F||6-11||220||May 19, 1976||11|
|41||Eddie Griffin||F||6-10||220||May 30, 1982||4||Seton Hall University|
|23||Trenton Hassell||G||6-5||200||March 4, 1979||5||Austin Peay State University|
|16||Troy Hudson||G||6-1||170||March 13, 1976||9||Southern Illinois University|
|13||Mike James||G||6-2||188||June 23, 1975||5||Duquesne University|
|55||Marko Jaric||G||6-7||198||October 12, 1978||4|
|35||Mark Madsen||F||6-9||240||January 28, 1976||6||Stanford University|
|1||Rashad McCants||G||6-4||207||September 25, 1984||1||University of North Carolina|
|9||Justin Reed||F||6-8||240||January 16, 1982||2||University of Mississippi|
|5||Craig Smith||F||6-7||250||November 10, 1983||R||Boston College|
|6||Bracey Wright||G||6-3||210||July 1, 1984||1||Indiana University|
So, besides KG, I don't think there's any player there that you could rely on to push the Wolves for the playoff spot. Comparing that rosters, with this year's roster, I expect the team to at least reach 30+ wins with the excuse that they haven't really found the chemistry under a new coach and that they are still a young team.
Currently this year's Roster:
As for Casey's ability to improve young players, I'm really not sure if he's a coach that could help young players to reach their potential. But right now, I really don't care that much. Because Casey will still be an upgrade over Rambis.
So what's your opinion with this coaching change?
[basketball-reference.com & wikipedia.org]