TAG: Dwane Casey

Smack / Jan 6, 2015 / 6:30 pm

Dwane Casey Says He’ll Fight Coaches If Kyle Lowry Isn’t Voted All-Star Reserve

Dwane Casey, Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry deserves to be a starter in February’s All-Star game. But the relative anonymity of the Toronto Raptors point guard compared to counterparts like John Wall, Dwyane Wade, and Kyrie Irving trumps on-court play when it comes to starting spots for the mid-season classic. The opening five are decided by the fans, while the rest of the 12-man roster is chosen by conference coaches. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Dime End Of Season Awards: Coach Of The Year

Gregg Popovich

The 2013-14 NBA season has officially ended, so now it’s time for regular season awards before the real season starts on Saturday. There’s a lot of wiggle room before we’re able to name some of the winners, which is why for Dime‘s 2014 NBA Awards we had our writers and contributors provide their top-three choices in an abridged version of what the NBA does with certain media members. Next up, a battle between a first-year former player and this season’s Coach of the Year, who might as well receive a lifetime achievement award at this point. Read More »

NBA / Mar 14, 2014 / 1:45 pm

The NBA’s Best Kept Secret: All-Star DeMar DeRozan Just Getting Started

DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan is currently in the midst of his best season as a professional basketball player. Quietly, the former Trojan has stepped up to the proverbial plate in his fifth year with the Toronto Raptors, and has developed into the outright go-to guy on a team that has longed for a leader on the court for years. Read More »

NBA / Jan 17, 2014 / 2:00 pm

The Top 10 NBA Coach Of The Year Candidates

Frank Vogel

Many NBA pundits are quick to tell you it’s a player’s league, and in many respects that’s true. Without a game-changing talent like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, it’s hard to compete with the league’s upper echelon.

Ignoring the impact of a good coach would be foolish, however, as we see from year to year the impact that an upgrade on the bench can bring to a team. Unless your team is one of the top seeds, coaches usually receive too much blame for failure and not enough credit in periods of success. Read More »

NBA / Oct 28, 2013 / 4:00 pm

5 Reasons To Watch The 2013-14 Toronto Raptors

Jonas Valanciunas

With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.

Next up, a Toronto Raptors team with a new GM and a starting five that’s a lot more talented than people realize. Read More »

NBA / Dec 18, 2012 / 11:15 am

Jose Calderon Needs A Fresh Start With A New Team

Jose Calderon

Beginning this past Saturday, players signed this summer are now available to be traded, and even though we haven’t seen one as of this writing, there will be some moves before the New Year. Now that there are more players available, and GMs call sheets just got a lot longer, who could be making a move before the next deadline on January 15? Read More »

Smack / Oct 21, 2012 / 12:14 am

The NBA Has A New Lob City; Miami Shows Off A New Weapon

Gordon Hayward

You never would’ve believed it unless you watched the game, especially with one team sporting guys like Chris Paul, Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Crawford and DeAndre Jordan (Blake Griffin didn’t suit up). But the Jazz were the more exciting team on the floor last night in their 99-91 win over the Clippers, and nearly did enough in the first half alone to steal the Lob City nickname. Read More »

NBA / Jan 2, 2012 / 11:00 am

Toronto GM: Chris Bosh Is No Franchise Cornerstone

Chris Bosh

For the first seven years of his career in Toronto, Chris Bosh had five seasons averaging at least 22 points a night, and went for 20/10 averages three different times. Last night in Miami’s 39-point execution of Charlotte, the four man hit the ‘Cats for 24 points and 10 rebounds and is now shooting an incredible 57 percent from the floor this season. Despite never winning a playoff series, he did take the Purple Dinosaurs to the playoffs twice. And yet this weekend in The Boston Globe, Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo admitted he wasn’t a franchise cornerstone, and that the way Bosh bounced left the Raptors without much chance at getting equal value. Read More »

NBA, Style - Kicks and Gear / Jul 22, 2011 / 1:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Kathy Anderson Is The Funniest Woman In Sports

Kathy Anderson

It’s a simple idea, really. Writing funny songs about sports. Current Toronto resident Kathy Anderson does exactly that on SongsAboutSports.com. Let me be the first to tell you that she’s got a knack for it. Although she grew up watching hockey, Kathy is no stranger to basketball or the pain of Chris Bosh‘s departure. Or the fact that he looks like Raptor. Or the fact that Andrea Bargnani can’t rebound. Or that Nate Robinson tweets way too much. In fact, she’s written songs about all of these things. In a recent interview, I caught up with Kathy to discuss Songs About Sports, her hoops career and why the Raptors need to have an all-European team. Read More »

Smack / Jun 21, 2011 / 1:50 am

NBA Trade Talk Includes Pau Gasol & Kevin Love; Vince Carter Is Nearing The End

Vince Carter

Who’s excited to see Ricky Rubio finally play NBA basketball? We’re trying to see what the fuss is about. Rubio, who arrived in Minnesota yesterday, has great court vision and is adept at dribbling. The pluses – that we’re sure of – pretty much stop there. He defers and avoids creating for himself with no steady jumper. At 16, he was a phenom. But now at 21, what is he? Did he already peak? Read More »