Countless numbers of small decisions made each and every day of a coach’s tenure on a job eventually add up to what will inevitably become The Key Points Of Emphasis for that specific program.
In the case of D-Casey and the Toronto Raptors:
The most significant aspect of Casey’s defensive system is that it could allow someone like Calderon to seemingly improve at that end of the court. The coach has said all along that he will devise a scheme that plays to the strengths of his players and one that will allow more help than needed.
The Raptors will run a more traditional defence — packing the paint, offering some help on screen-and-roll situations, taking away straight-line drives that the team gave up all too often last year playing a more spread out style — that the coach said this week would overcome some of the individual physical limitations of his players.
“It’s packing the paint pretty much and . . . around the league, most teams do that so it’s not too new for me,” said Bayless.
It’s on offence where the 6-3 Bayless has to show the most improvement. The coaching staff want better recognition of options off the screen-and-roll, which is the bread-and-butter play of practically every team.
“His biggest challenge is handling the pick-and-roll situation, seeing his teammates, but he’s done an excellent job in practice so far,” said Casey.
“That’s what the game really comes down to in crunch time is pick-and-roll situations. Either running it or defending it are the two toughest things in the NBA right now.”
So far, so good … when it comes to evaluating accurately who the better basketball player actually is, between his 2 main options at the Point Guard position, in terms of Individual and Team Offense, Defense and Rebounding.