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Dwayne Casey rumors: Does this mean Rambis is gone?


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




2005-06 48 NBA MIN 82 33 49 .402 -8.0 4




2006-07 49 NBA MIN 40 20 20 .500 0.0 4




Career
NBA
122 53 69 .434 -8.0





 

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)

No. Player Pos Ht Wt Birth Date Exp College
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

Coach: Dwane Casey (20-20), Randy Wittman (12-30)

No. Player Pos Ht Wt Birth Date Exp College
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:

Players
Pos.↓ #↓ Nat.↓ Name↓ Height↓ Weight↓ DOB (Y–M–D)↓ From↓
F 8 United States Beasley, Michael 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989–01–09 Kansas State
G 19 United States Ellington, Wayne 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1987–11–29 North Carolina
G 10 United States Flynn, Jonny 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1989–02–06 Syracuse
F 32 United States Hayward, Lazar 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1986–11–26 Marquette
F 4 United States Johnson, Wesley 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1987–07–11 Syracuse
F 42 United States Love, Kevin (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 260 lb (118 kg) 1988–09–07 UCLA
C 31 Serbia Miličić, Darko 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1985–06–20 Serbia
C 14 Montenegro Peković, Nikola 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1986–01–03 Montenegro
PF 15 United States Randolph, Anthony 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1989–07–15 LSU
G 13 United States Ridnour, Luke 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1981–02–13 Oregon
PG 9 Spain Rubio, Ricky 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1990–10–21 Spain*
G 3 United States Telfair, Sebastian (FA) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1985–06–09 Abraham Lincoln HS (NY)*
F/C 44 United States Tolliver, Anthony 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 243 lb (110 kg) 1985–06–01 Creighton
G 5 United States Webster, Martell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1986–12–04 Seattle Prep (WA)*

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]

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