Update: Hawks are given permission to interview Casey

The Atlanta Hawks have sought and received permission from the Dallas Mavericks to speak with Mavs assistant Dwane Casey regarding the Hawks’ coaching job, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Through team spokesperson Arthur Triche, Hawks general manager Rick Sund declined to comment.

The Hawks made their request Saturday, one day after announcing they would not offer Mike Woodson a contract extension. The request was granted by Dallas GM Donnie Nelson.

In Sunday’s edition of the New York Daily News, Mitch Lawrence identified Casey as the favorite to succeed Woodson. (Lawrence also reported that the Hawks are up for sale, which would be major news.)

Casey worked under Rick Sund as an assistant to Nate McMillan for five seasons when the Hawks’ general manager was GM of the Seattle SuperSonics. Casey interviewed for the Hawks’ coaching job in 2004, when then-GM Billy Knight chose Woodson instead.

Casey was the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves for a season and a half but was fired by then-GM Kevin McHale in January 2007 when the T-Wolves were 20-20. (The team would finish 32-50.) Casey’s record as an NBA head coach is 53-69.

The reasons for Casey’s firing in Minnesota have never been delineated. But ESPN.com Insider John Hollinger called the move “McHale’s Folly” and wrote: “Somebody, anybody, tell me what [Casey] did wrong.”

Casey has already been interviewed by the New Orleans Hornets for their coaching vacancy and is believed to be in the mix for the Chicago Bulls’ job.

(Oh, and if you’re wondering what I think of Dwane Casey: As noted earlier, he’d be my first choice.)

279 comments Add your comment

Bill

May 16th, 2010
1:41 pm

GREAT !! Hope they sign him soon. Thanks for info Mark.

TROTTINGHOME

May 16th, 2010
1:47 pm

Casey got fired cause he wasn’t a part of McHale’s Navy…da BOOB is still a joke.

Mark Bradley

May 16th, 2010
1:49 pm

Wouldn’t that have made Kevin Garnett Ensign Parker?

Shooter McGruder

May 16th, 2010
1:54 pm

Does he know offense? Will he get after their butt and not put up with laziness, complaining to the ref etc…?

Mark Bradley

May 16th, 2010
1:56 pm

Dwane Casey is a good basketball man who’s good with players, Mr. McGruder. I’m guessing he has a feeling what will be required here. He does his homework.

show me state

May 16th, 2010
1:59 pm

As long as he’s the coach to get da hawks to da next level……..

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"Chef" Tim Dix

May 16th, 2010
2:08 pm

From the pic above I’d hire him for two reasons: One, dome gloss is not a priority and two, that steely look will require players attention over the kiss cam.

mountain_jim

May 16th, 2010
2:09 pm

Thanks for the update Mark. I am hopeful that the next coach can be an offensive and defensive strategist, or at least have the self-assuredness to have trusted go-to assistants for those areas.

"Chef" Tim Dix

May 16th, 2010
2:11 pm

Show Me State: Please I’m begging you and others to stop with the next level barf, OK?

It’s always championships or various degrees of loserdom. (Mark, is that a word?)

Mark Bradley

May 16th, 2010
2:11 pm

I believe it is now, Chef Tim.

leland

May 16th, 2010
2:14 pm

Dear Mr. MB–is that “Dwayne” or “DeWayne?” Your pal, Leland

Bullwinkle

May 16th, 2010
2:14 pm

I just wish we had hired him in ‘04.

AVERY JOHNSON

May 16th, 2010
2:20 pm

What about ME!!!!

AVERY JOHNSON

May 16th, 2010
2:20 pm

Mark, you think I can get the job done?

Mark Bradley

May 16th, 2010
2:21 pm

It’s Dwane. One fewer letter than “leland.”

Chuy

May 16th, 2010
2:22 pm

We need a coach that would be wiiling to stand up to our squad full of spoiled, brattish millionaires? Someone who is not scared of making the necessary moves to get this team to actually play like a team. Who cares if he’s good with players, can he get the players to play good is the real question.
Look at the teams left in the playoffs, they all have coaches that get their respective teams to respond to their coaching.
Just my thought.

Grandad

May 16th, 2010
2:22 pm

Mark – I asked this on a previous blog. If you already answered,
my apologies, as I missed it. Would you put the Ky. scandel, and
his involvement, to rest for me. Long time ago and I’m sure he
has since overcome whatever happened.

Mark Bradley

May 16th, 2010
2:22 pm

I must say I’m a bit dubious about Avery Johnson, AVERY JOHNSON. The collapse against D-Wade in 2006 lingers in my memory.

norcrossfan

May 16th, 2010
2:23 pm

do players respect mr. casey?

Jerry Maguire

May 16th, 2010
2:23 pm

Actually, MB, does anyone know what Avery’s contract demands would be?
Is he that high-priced?

ntrigue

May 16th, 2010
2:25 pm

We need Steve Smith as coach!!!!

Mark Bradley

May 16th, 2010
2:25 pm

It’s hard to say, Jerry Maguire. On the one hand, he hasn’t had a coaching job in a while. On the other, he’s got the TV thing.

Mark Bradley

May 16th, 2010
2:27 pm

Mark Madsen, who played for Casey with the Timberwolves, posted on his blog that Casey had the respect of everyone. And this was after McHale canned him.

ntrigue

May 16th, 2010
2:27 pm

Avery would not be a good fit for our team hes a good coach but we dont need him!

ntrigue

May 16th, 2010
2:28 pm

Mark,
Is Steve Smith in the running for coach?

Mark Bradley

May 16th, 2010
2:29 pm

I don’t know why anyone who has never coached would be in line to be a head coach, ntrigue.

Dr. Warren

May 16th, 2010
2:30 pm

Message to Sund: Please consider former Hawks head coach KEVIN LOUGHERY. From what I understand from a prominent sports agent in NY, KL is interested in getting back into the NBA. The guy has won everywhere he’s been, including here in the 80’s. (Two playoff trips). MJ loved playing for him in Chicago. He’s 70, sure, but Hubie Brown was older than that when he improved Memphis.

Prison Mike

May 16th, 2010
2:31 pm

Dwade? How about in prime Shaq, Posey, Mourning. Anyway, Casey didn’t do a bad job considering the talent he had in Minny. Hindsight shows how many career backup players that were actually starting for him. Mchale should have fired himself.

ntrigue

May 16th, 2010
2:32 pm

Doc Rivers had never coached and he was selected by the Celtics its always exceptions to the rule. Steve knows this team in and out and the players respect him! He knows what we need to go to the next level!

Eric

May 16th, 2010
2:33 pm

How about Laimbeer? We need a guy to teach our guys some toughness and intensity and there was nobody better at that than Laimbeer. I would to bring him on board with Mahorn and Salley as assistants.

Joe

May 16th, 2010
2:35 pm

Okay good I hope he’s the next coach.

marcus

May 16th, 2010
2:36 pm

casey would be a great addition to the hawks. they would be able to add crawford and teague to the starting lineup and he’d relegate bibby to a back up (which i am certain he will be comfortable with). now the hawks need to find a replacement for the aged joe smith to help with their frontcourt issues. the next season will find the hawks playing for the eastern conference championship (regardless what that boob in cleveland does).

Jerry Maguire

May 16th, 2010
2:38 pm

Eric,

I agree: Laimbeer. That guy just doesn’t care what people think about him. He just wants to win.

Jerry Maguire

May 16th, 2010
2:39 pm

I would veto the “Salley as an assistant” call, though.

Mark Bradley

May 16th, 2010
2:40 pm

I saw Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn coaching against the Atlanta Dream in the WNBA a couple of years ago. Still the tag team.

Devil's Advocate

May 16th, 2010
2:41 pm

If Casey was fired so unjustly in Minnesota, why is he just now getting another crack at a head coaching gig?

Mark Bradley

May 16th, 2010
2:41 pm

I’m not certain about Mike Bibby as a sub, marcus. I’m not sure he’d go for that.

Dr. Warren

May 16th, 2010
2:42 pm

Jerry Maguire: not caring what people think seemed to be Billy Knight’s modus operandi, as well. And he wanted to win, too. Be careful what you wish for.

J-Sid

May 16th, 2010
2:42 pm

@ntrigue: Actually, Doc Rivers had a stint as the head coach of the Orlando Magic prior to being hired by the Celtics. I believe he got the team to the playoffs once, losing in the 1st round. This was during the Tracy McGrady era in Orlando.

Dr. Warren

May 16th, 2010
2:47 pm

Casey could be a fine ass’t to Kevin Loughery for a couple of years and then eased into the head coaching job like Jim Mora was in Seattle. (With better results, hopefully).

Grim Reaper

May 16th, 2010
2:49 pm

Dr. Warren, what’s up with your love of Kevin Loughery?
How old is that guy now?

WNBA execs

May 16th, 2010
2:50 pm

MB,
You actually SAW a WNBA game?
Live?
In person?
Wow.

We got next!

Reverse Discrimination

May 16th, 2010
2:51 pm

Clearly the NBA and the city government of Atlanta is almost an exclusive “black” membership but are there any non black candidates up for genuine consideration? I keep hearing mostly about Avery, Casey, Smith and Rivers to replace Woodson but I seem to recall a few non black coaches who have won an NBA title or two. Seriously, are many of you not so privately suggesting that only another black man can command the respect and attention get the most out of the Hawk’s previously referenced lackadaisical players?

Dr. Warren

May 16th, 2010
2:51 pm

He just turned 70, but he’s sharp as a Clyde Frazier-on-a-road-trip-3-piece-suit.

Dookie

May 16th, 2010
2:51 pm

This is so typical. Atlanta, as a metro-area, is a MAJOR US market. Yet, due to this ownership group, we have to play like a small market, including getting coaches like this. If you want to play with the big boys, you have to take some calculated risks and spend the money. You can’t convince me with this resume that Casey is better than Avery Johnson. Your concern about the Mavs collapse against the Heat is still better than a sub-.500 record and no head coaching jobs since getting canned from the T-Wolves..

uga111111

May 16th, 2010
2:52 pm

Bring back Mike Woodson…………not

Mark Bradley

May 16th, 2010
2:54 pm

The book Walt Frazier and Ira Berkow co-wrote back in the ’70s — “Rockin’ Steady” — still about my favorite sports tome, Dr. Warren. Mr. Berkow tells some great tales about working with Clyde on that effort.

LOL!

May 16th, 2010
2:56 pm

Mark Bradley what kind of offense do casey run

Dr. Warren

May 16th, 2010
2:56 pm

ATLANTA-native, Clyde Frazier. Sharp-dresser, and his suade Pumas have been best-sellers for 3 decades…I’ve gotta pick up that book, MB.