Derrick Rose has been arguably the Detroit Pistons’ best player this season, but it’s not as simple as just playing him more minutes.
Speaking with reporters this week, Pistons coach Dwane Casey addressed questions over Rose’s somewhat limited playing time.
“We had a meeting this summer with the medical people and his agent and everybody to come up with a plan to help Derrick,” he said, per Rod Beard of The Detroit News. “Believe me, nobody loved Derrick Rose more and I wish he could play 80 minutes out of 40. But he can’t, so we have to protect him from himself. It’s up to the medical people; it’s their decision and it’s their plan.
“I promise you, I would love to play him more and Derrick would love to play, but he can’t, I mean physically,” Casey continued. “We don’t want to put him in that situation, his body in that situation. So according to the game, we have to be creative.”
Rose is averaging a stout 16.8 points and 5.9 assists per game this season but has been held to just 24.4 minutes a night. As part of his maintenance plan, he only plays about six to seven minutes a quarter and has started just one game all year. The former MVP himself believes that he can handle more though.
“I feel good, but it’s not up to me with the minutes; it’s up to the coaching staff and the [training] staff to come up with it,” Rose was quoted as saying. “Of course, I want to be out there, but I guess they see something I don’t, and they’re worried about it — just being cautious with me.”
Granted, Rose is 31 years old and obviously has one of the most extensive injury histories in basketball. While his resurgence has been one of the best comeback stories in sports lately, the Pistons need to do everything that they can to safeguard his health.
Despite his unassuming appearance, Ingles is one of Utah’s most important players. His ability to do a bit of everything is reflected in his season averages of 10.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game on 40.9 percent from deep. Ingles has also been particularly valuable to the Jazz the last few weeks with the injury to guard Mike Conley shifting him into the starting lineup.
The Toronto Raptors won the NBA championship the season after they fired longtime head coach Dwane Casey, but he is not too busted up about it.
Speaking with the media on Wednesday before his Detroit Pistons played the Raptors, Casey was asked for his feelings on Toronto’s title and said that he was happy for the organization, the players, and GM Masai Ujiri.
Casey coached Toronto for seven seasons from 2011 to 2018, compiling a 320-238 record (.573) with six playoff appearances and four division titles. The disappointments were abundant in the postseason though, as Casey led them to just one Conference Finals berth in that span and was fired after the 2017-18 season. The Raptors then won the championship in 2018-19 under first-year head coach Nick Nurse.
Ujiri did go out of his way to credit Casey for Toronto’s title run, and with Casey since landing a decent head coaching job with the Pistons, it is easy to see why he has nothing but well wishes for his former team.
The Toronto Raptors made a somewhat controversial decision when they fired former head coach Dwane Casey following his third consecutive season with 50-plus wins last year, but it has turned out to be the right move. And if you ask president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri, Casey’s influence is still felt with the team.
While speaking with reporters in advance of the NBA Finals on Wednesday, Ujiri took some time to credit Casey and former Raptors superstar DeMar DeRozan — who was sent to the San Antonio Spurs in the Kawhi Leonard deal — for helping to get this year’s Toronto team to within four wins of a title.
“I want to give Dwane Casey credit. He prepared us for this too,” Ujiri said. “It’s not something that just started in one year. I don’t know that a team can just start in one year. I want to say that Dwane Casey and DeMar DeRozan are part of this. They’re part of our journey and how far this has come.”
Casey and DeRozan may see the comments as disingenuous considering the Raptors moved on from them, but it was a nice gesture from Ujiri. Firing Casey and bringing in Nick Nurse came as a surprise to many, but those are the types of tough decisions good executives like Ujiri make.
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has improved his game over the past year or so, and that’s given coach Dwane Casey hope that he can take further steps to become even more dangerous.
Drummond, one regarded as the league’s worst free-throw shooter, still is far from elite. But he’s improved from a 35 percent free throw shooter to a 58 percent one, and he’s even gone 21-of-25 this season in league-defined clutch situations.
That improvement has given Casey the belief that, given time, Drummond could even morph into a dangerous shooter from beyond the arc.
“Down the road, he’s going to be able to shoot 3s,” Casey said, via Dana Gauruder of the Detroit Free Press. “People look at me like I’m crazy, but that’s going to come at some point. But it’s got to come in the right way. I thought we experimented with it early in the year and he wasn’t ready for it. So what?”
Drummond has attempted a career-high 37 three pointers this season, but has made just five of them, a miserable 13.5 percent success rate. Obviously he has some way to go. Still, considering that he has become a better free throw shooter after considering some real desperation tactics a few years back, stranger things have happened.
Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds in the win, which made the Pistons 7-6.
That was a big victory for Detroit. Casey was fired by the Raptors after last season despite being named NBA Coach of the Year. Getting the win over his former team — on a play he drew up — probably felt great. Griffin certainly thought so.
It certainly sounds like Dwane Casey was drawn to the Detroit Pistons job in part because of what he could do with Blake Griffin.
Speaking on ESPN Radio’s Stephen A. Smith Show, Casey compared Griffin to DeMar DeRozan and said he hopes the forward expands his game and uses a more versatile arsenal going forward.
“We’re going to empower him to expand his game, a lot like DeMar DeRozan in Toronto,” Casey said, via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. “Expand his game out to the 3-point line, have some point-forward responsibilities with the basketball out on the floor bringing it down. Because he’s more than just a back-down, post-up player.”
The Pistons are intent on building around Griffin. The previous regime gave up a lot to acquire him, and he’s under contract through 2022, so they have little choice. Luckily, if they can keep him healthy, he is a player who can certainly carry the load.
We had heard for a while that Casey appeared to be the frontrunner. He won 50 games for the Raptors in three consecutive seasons, including a 59-win season in 2017-18. A lack of playoff success led Toronto to go in a different direction, but the Pistons are just trying to consistently get there and will hope that Toronto’s loss proves to be their gain.
Next up for Detroit will be a GM hire, where some reportedly believe a former player has the inside track.
The Detroit Pistons may be narrowing down their finalists in their head coaching search.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that the Pistons are interested in further conversations with Dwane Casey and John Beilein.
Detroit is interested in further conversations with former Toronto coach Dwane Casey and Michigan coach John Beilein on Pistons head coaching job, league sources tell ESPN. Both coaches have met with front office already.
The Pistons are looking for a new head coach after parting ways with Stan Van Gundy, under whom the team improved but failed to take a significant leap forward.
Casey most recently served as the Toronto Raptors’ head coach for the past seven seasons, leading them to five straight playoff berths. Beilein is the head coach at Michigan and has led the Wolverines to the NCAA national championship game twice. One report says Beilein has legitimate interest in the job and is not just using it as leverage.
Dwane Casey was fired as the head coach of the Toronto Raptors following a 59-win season, which was the best mark in franchise history. From the sound of it, he will not be on the unemployment line for long.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Pistons have hired former Memphis Grizzlies executive Ed Stefanski to oversee the hiring of a new head coach and general manager, and Detroit’s top target is Casey.
The Detroit Pistons have hired Grizzlies executive Ed Stefanski as a senior advisor responsible for overhauling the franchise’s basketball operations, league sources told ESPN. Stefanski will assess the current front office, and oversee the process of hiring a GM and coach.
Casey has been named a finalist for the NBA’s Coach of the Year Award, and the Raptors gave him an awkward congratulations for earning the honor. While Toronto was swept by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs, Casey is a respected coach who was largely able to turn things around in Toronto.
With Stan Van Gundy out, it makes sense that the Pistons would look to replace him with another experienced coach.