The Hawks will hold a second interview with Dwane Casey

The Hawks will hold a second interview with Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey regarding the team’s coaching vacancy, according to two people familiar with the situation. Casey met with general manager Rick Sund over the weekend.

Casey was an assistant coach under Nate McMillan at Seattle when Sund was the SuperSonics’ GM. Casey has been identified by several outlets as the leading candidate for this job, though one of the persons familiar with the situation insisted there is no front-runner yet.

The team has had two interviews last week with former Dallas coach Avery Johnson. And there’s some support within the organization for Larry Drew, who was Mike Woodson’s chief assistant.

Casey was the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2005-2006 and was fired 40 games into the 2006-2007 season. His record with the T-Wolves was 53-65.

Coming next: 5 things to know about the Hawks’ coaching search.

83 comments Add your comment

HawkKingBibby

May 24th, 2010
2:11 pm

1st, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

HawkKingBibby

May 24th, 2010
2:17 pm

How about a 3rd interview with Avery or a 1st with TYRONE CORBIN !!!!!

Homer N Butts

May 24th, 2010
2:17 pm

How come everytime you lease a dog with one blue eye it always ends up typing left-handed circles?

nickz

May 24th, 2010
2:19 pm

Just hire someone that brings ball movement and some sort of play-calling ability to the offense that has nothing to do is ISO anyone!

Khao$

May 24th, 2010
2:19 pm

Larry Drew? Dwayne Casey? That NBA title is in our sights now… (oh boy…)

Mark Bradley

May 24th, 2010
2:20 pm

Kudos, HawkKingBibby. Even if we do disagree on Mr. Casey.

nickz

May 24th, 2010
2:21 pm

Someone capable of making in-game adjustments would be great too, rather than the “stand there with your arms crossed and not coach” strategy that Mike Woodson employed every game

GoHawks!

May 24th, 2010
2:23 pm

Great!!! Dwane Casey is a very talented coach! If we don’t pick him up soon someone else will! Good luck Casey!

JTIII

May 24th, 2010
2:23 pm

Can we start a petition to have the Hawks and this ownership group moved to Alabama? We should also force them to change the team name to the The Alabama Dodo Birds. It fits them.

DHD

May 24th, 2010
2:24 pm

How do they know he is better than Woody? It sounds like a crap shoot to me.

gadawgs

May 24th, 2010
2:25 pm

Please no…… If Sund hires Casey (a coach that has proven nothing as a head coach) we might as well have kept Woodson. How long do you think Casey will be able to demand their attention when we slide back down to a sub .500 team. He could not win with Garnett as his cornertone and Garnett is better than IsoJoe anyday of the week. I know that there are not any Phil Jacksons or Pat Rileys out there to bring in here but Sund better bring in someone with some type of pedigree (atleast Avery Johnson has been successful and has taken a team to the NBA finals) or he will lose the fanbase that they have built up over the last few years.

Khao$

May 24th, 2010
2:25 pm

Casey is from Portland. I think I read somewhere that the only other playoff team that ran more isos than the Hawks was (drumroll please)…the Blazers!

F-105 Thunderchief

May 24th, 2010
2:26 pm

Second what nickz said. Pass the ball around, penetrate, crash the boards – anything but what Woodson tried to pass off as offense.

beauvighn

May 24th, 2010
2:28 pm

Are we that desperate that we have to settle for a coach with a losing overall record. You would think with the talent the Hawks have , coach’s would be dying to coach this team…At least hire a guy with a winning record

beauvighn

May 24th, 2010
2:30 pm

I would make rick pitino tell me no if i was R. Sund

Real Talk

May 24th, 2010
2:33 pm

Let it be know if Atlanta Hawks Management go the cheap route and hire this guy as Head coach My family and I are not renewing our Season Tickets. They might as well could have kept Woody and picked up an center if they are trying to go the cheap route. SMH

jackets77

May 24th, 2010
2:33 pm

Brent

May 24th, 2010
2:35 pm

Offer Phil Jackson a piece of the franchise to coach here

tony

May 24th, 2010
2:37 pm

If they hire this guy I hope there are ZERO fans in the stands.

O'Brien

May 24th, 2010
2:42 pm

Khao$,

Portland runs a lot of ISOs. But to my untrained eye, there are 2 subtle differences with Portland’s ISOs.

1) Their spacing is a lot better than ours
2) Brandon Roy’s ISOs is not as slow (and not as much ball pounding) as the ISO JJ.

Mark,

What do you think is Casey’s strongest point that makes him the favorite? Is it the familiarity factor?

captain Midnight.

May 24th, 2010
2:44 pm

Hire Chip Carey. Get him the hell out of the Braves booth.

Dr. Willy

May 24th, 2010
2:47 pm

Players either earn it or they don’t. All this talk about finding a coach capable of making “in game adjustments” is just folks who are rationalizing their disappointments. No coach has a handy box of “adjustments” just lying around for when his team can’t make a three point shot or play defense.

Khao$

May 24th, 2010
2:47 pm

Thanks O’brien. However, that really doesn’t make me feel better. Assuming we resign Joe, you’d have the same squad trying to run a similiar offense. I’ll pass on Casey.

Another GM

May 24th, 2010
2:53 pm

The Hawks are showing a lack of organizational planning. If they were not gonna keep Woody they should have been looking for the past year and had a plan in place. Anyone think they had a plan in place??????? And they are paid how much to run this franchise?

Ain't that the Truth, Ruth

May 24th, 2010
2:54 pm

Schultz says the EXACT OPPOSITE on his blog right now. (Not about the 2nd interview but about Casey’s quality). You guys are killing me. Are you becoming like Siskel and Ebert? That would be good for Atlanta sports, if only the Journal and Constitution were still separate papers.

Big Dawg A

May 24th, 2010
2:55 pm

Mark… was Mr. Schultz referring to you as a “parrot” and a “insider” in his most recent blog? It’s the conclusion I got from his article!!

Freshmaker

May 24th, 2010
3:01 pm

AnotherGM – that’s retarded man. They’ve had a list of candidates for awhile and they have been interviewing them. Plus they had no idea until after the playoffs that they were going to give Woody the boot.

Dan

May 24th, 2010
3:02 pm

Have the Hawks interviewed any white candidates? I’m beginning to think racism is involved.

i_am_soulstar

May 24th, 2010
3:12 pm

I’d still prefer a proven coach, I’m just saying

OSCAR

May 24th, 2010
3:22 pm

Bring back Woodt!!!!!!!!!!!!!

beauvighn

May 24th, 2010
3:26 pm

Why does it take 2 interviews to find out the guy couldn’t get it done at his first chance what makes you think he will succeed at his second. If the hawks are going to be any good they better get a proven guy who has been successful in the league. Hire Lebron and make him player coach…Or better yet, Magic Johnson

Casey

May 24th, 2010
3:26 pm

They said Woodson was a talented assistant coach before we hired him. Look how that turned out. Woodson is the worst NBA coach I have ever seen in my life. He is not a coach. AT ALL! What about Dwayne Casey’s resume says “Championship”? I don’t see it. If we’re not aiming for a championship, what are we doing?

[...] There’s no real front-runner. Although Dallas assistant Dwane Casey will be granted a second interview this week, it’s too early to consider him — or anyone — the favorite. Avery Johnson, [...]

Dwight

May 24th, 2010
3:28 pm

Why haven’t we interviewed Bob Weiss?

Fundamentals

May 24th, 2010
3:31 pm

It doesn’t matter if it’s the Lil General, Mark Jackson, Phil Jackson or Jerry Sloan. A new voice was needed. A new beginning, a new attitude. Time will tell what will happen, but it’s up to the players to buy into whatever system comes in. Pedigree won’t matter when they start bickering. It’s all about chemistry.

My questions:

Will Joe leave?

Will Marvin flourish under a new system and/or if Joe leaves?

Can Bibby take the back seat to Teague and any new guards we sign?

Who can we sign to act as a backup center/defensive stopper for Al?

I don’t think it’s as much about the coach or the pieces as it is about buying in. The kids shut Woodson out cause when the going got tough, they got lazy and selfish. Same as CLE and ORL. Selfish, petty kids who just don’t care about giving their best.

We need to learn there is no shame in giving 100% and losing, nor is there glory in winning when you don’t deserve it!

Somebody sign Rudy T’s heart! We need the Heart of a Champion!

JEWELL

May 24th, 2010
3:34 pm

agree with nickz totally…..DAn….stop it! and my pick is still byron scott!

JeJe

May 24th, 2010
3:36 pm

Mike Brown will not get a coaching offer until we pass on our current options and sign him. Brown will realize no one wants him and will come here for less.

Then in the press conference, our brilliant Owner Michael Gearon Jr. will talk about how Brown took the Cavs to the playoffs all 5 years he was there and had a track record of winning. And then, Gearon will start doing those retarded comparisons he always does to other coaches

BeFrank

May 24th, 2010
3:36 pm

Mark,

What does your research say about Casey’s ability to succeed with our team? Also, do you have thoughts on other candidates that Mr. Sund should have on the list. I thought Bryon Scott deserves a conversation at least.

JeJe

May 24th, 2010
3:38 pm

MB, why are you so obsessed with Casey? You give every reason about not getting a high profile coach like Avery (even though NBA people NEVER mention that JVG sucked/didn’t do jack in Houston or that Byron Scott is a pompous idiot) but your reasoning for Casey is pretty anemic

The only reason Casey is linked to us because Sund won’t let these Seattle connections go

Richard

May 24th, 2010
3:40 pm

Casey might be good Avery Johnson might be ready and learned form his “mistakes” Doc Rivers certainly profited from his time in broadcast BUT HOW ABOUT BILL lAMBIER. has rings as a player and as a coach, he is smart played under Chuck Dailey between Rodman and Mahorn.
The man should be able to teach inside toughness

JeJe

May 24th, 2010
3:41 pm

I guess we will offer Horford no extension this summer since the ASG are cheap idiots and we will consequently struggly all next summer resigning him to as cheap as possible.

Gearon thinks that not signing players for big money is a good thing. He doens’t realize half our damn team consists of veterans on minimum contracts

Fundamentals

May 24th, 2010
3:44 pm

JeJe – if only Seattle could turn into OK City here? Wouldn’t say that’s Sund’s pedigree showing, but a guy can dream.

What’s your thoughts on moving forward. You got your wish, no Woodson. What to do now? Will Chills return? Will Gladyr come over? Who can we sign to help at PG, SF and C? We need defensive stoppers, 3 point shooters and a tough center to bulk up on folks with?

24th pick and 8 mil won’t do it?

Selecting a coach and deciding on a game plan will help us fit pieces, regardless of who that coach is. The guys have to buy into the system.

Edwin

May 24th, 2010
3:54 pm

Avery Johnson. No others coaches need to apply. How can the Hawks not make the offer to Coach Johnson? He has a winniing track record.

Decatur Native

May 24th, 2010
4:06 pm

I still think Bryon Scott would be the best choice!!!!!!!!!!!

Westurd

May 24th, 2010
4:08 pm

MB,
Why do people with decision making power usually stick with people they already have relationships with although success was never reached? I am talking about Sund and Casey? They already teamed up in Seattle with no success so why would Sund look to Casey again? To me it shows a weakness in Sund……….

Fundamentals

May 24th, 2010
4:09 pm

Have we interviewed Scott? No?

What happened to Tyrone Corbin? Hard working, blue collar player with Hawks background and Sloan as a mentor?

What about Steve Smith entering the coaching ranks?

I do like the Lambier idea for toughness.

garbage

May 24th, 2010
4:14 pm

Great they want a coach with a losing record…go ATL!!! I dont know what it is about Atlanta Sports Management and ownership. We have to be the dumbest in baseball, basketball, and football by far. I mean the only team worse than us was New Orleans, and look at them now. Atlanta wont make any key changes on the court, yet they go after a coach. When will these idiots wake up. No other coach would do anything more these guys. Its not the coach, give this team some leadership, a game closer maybe, and big man maybe, and a point guard who can play defense. These are the true issues. Marvin Williams is a big bust!! I dont care what nobody says…..I dont care if he went to UNC. He is a bust. Trade him and bibby for some quality players. Everybody has to admit that Woodson did a great job with Josh Smith this past season. How he got Josh to stop trying to be a shooting guard, I will never know…….

SirReal

May 24th, 2010
4:16 pm

Mark,
Why are people so down on Casey. I personally think he is a pretty good coach who could command the Hawks attention. If people are going by his W-L record, it’s skewed due to the dynamics of the teams he coached (I.e management, roster, etc). With us, i think he could really do well. Sonner or later, you’ve gotta give a new guy a shot. Plus its not like we could get a Sloan, Jackson, or anybody in that tier anyway. ASG is too cheap.

Clayton Bigsby

May 24th, 2010
4:16 pm

@ Dan are you suggesting that there is some sort of white on white racism?

JeJe

May 24th, 2010
4:16 pm

Fundamentals,

The best part about getting a new coach is that we will finally see Marvin and Teague and if they have anything to offer this team. Getting Avery would be money for Teague (I hope?).

My top 3 coaching candidates in order are: Avery, Sam Mitchell, and Doc Rivers (pipe dream). Sam Mitchell seems like a guy who demands respect and will finally put Smoove in his place. Avery got to THE NBA FINALS. Any coach who gets a team to the Finals should be well respected (Note: D’Antoni never got the Suns there). Avery obviously had no answer for GSW in 2007, but what about Byron and JVG? Byron hardly did anything in NOH and JVG LOST to Dallas in Round 1 in 2006 after being up 2-0 after winning the first 2 games in Dallas.

Anyway, get Avery and see if he wants Teague or try steal Devin Harris from NJN, hoping they can get a PG.

The bottom line is we need a point guard.

And I ask the rest of AJC: IF WE NEED A CENTER, THEN WHAT DO U DO WITH HORFORD AND SMOOVE? THEY ARE STARTERS IN THIS LEAGUEU AND SMOOVE WILL SUFFER AS A PG. SMOOVE IS A TWEENER BUT IS A BETTER PF THAN SF. U CANNOT GET A CENTER WITHOUT TRADING HORFORD OR SMOOVE.

There is no way Chills takes the QO here. He’ll make 4.5 Million playing on the East Coast (I’m pretty sure he’d rather be in Cali) and that’s without his 50% tax bracket. This is opposed to staying in Greece and making 10M a year with no taxes to worry about.

I don’t know anything about Tyrone Corbin as a coach but come on…A borderline elite/ECF team looking at an assistant coach who was a role player here for 4 years?

FIRE WOODY