Tuesday June 21 2011 – 1:26pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
Dwane Casey was introduced to the media as the new head coach of the Toronto Raptors.
President and General Manager, Bryan Colangelo, was on-hand as well.
Here are some key quotes from the 40-minute press conference:
“It was a long and exhaustive process”
“He has had some tremendous mentors in his career …some great experience to draw from”
“Everything we set out to find is sitting right next to me”
“I’d like to thank Bryan Colangelo for giving me this opportunity”
…Says the job was attractive because of Colangelo and the young core
“I want to continue the path that Jay (Triano) went down …(RE: the development of the players)”
“More of a free-flowing offence…not as many set players. We want to trust players offensively but your earn that on the defensive end”
Says DeMar is “on his way to being a superstar”
The offence has to be “natural and instinctive”
“Defensively, I’m going to be a control freak”
…..Says he spliced in hockey clips to his Mavericks post-season video sessions in order to try and fire-up the toughness in Dallas vs Miami
“Jay did a great job of starting the process”
“Every experience I’ve had has been good for me …even getting fired in Minnesota was great.”
“There are a few players in this Draft that would address…defence.”
“The best talent; the best fit. We have a young core we’d like to compliment.”
“I don’t want players to like me, I want them to respect me.”
…..Says he will get on players if need-be / whenever it’s needed but says he “never has and never will embarrass a player.”
“This team here has more athletic talent than that team did.” (Comparing Toronto now vs Minnesota – his 1st head coaching gig)
…..Says he got a call from Rick Carlisle on the night the Mavs won the championship asking what it would take to get Casey the job up in Toronto. Carlisle said to BC, “It’s right for him and it’s right for you.”
For more on Casey’s hiring, be sure to check out the world-famous Smith and Jones VLOG (video blog) as well.