Minnesota head coach Dwayne Casey was fired today, despite guiding the Timberwolves to a 20-20 record this season. ESPN has the story.Assistant coach Randy Wittman will take over the head coaching duties, ESPN's Ric Bucher reported.
The Timberwolves are 20-20 and currently in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but it was not enough to salvage Casey's job.
Minnesota's always seemed like a team stuck in mediocrity since that one great year in 2004, but I don't think that's Casey's fault. Blame Kevin McHale for some really dumb GM decisions, and blame Kevin Garnett for not being a true great and handcuffing the team with his enormous salary. But blaming Casey seems counterproductive, especially when you consider that Flip Saunders had many of the same problems at the end of his tenure.
Just my two cents.
UPDATE: Fantastically hillareous post from Wolves Watch, MVN's Timberwolves blog. Just a snipet.The firing of Casey was totally justified. It was Casey who had a fascination with Joe Smith…and that fascination cost the Wolves one first round pick after another.
It was Casey who failed to get Reggie Evans in free agency, last summer…a player who could have helped a team that struggles to rebound the ball.
And Casey, of course, was the guy who drafted Will Avery, passing up Ron Artest and Andrei Kirilenko. And then a few years later, Casey passed up Josh Howard for Doody Ebi. Casey also is responsible for trading away two first rounders for Marko Jaric and Marcus Banks…two players who, at least by the start of next year, will no longer be with the organization.
It was Casey who never could find a complementary player to go alongside Garnett…that missing piece who could elevate the Wolves to the finals.