I struggle with this. To my recollection all I've heard is Casey wanting more ball movement, more 3pt shooting and wanted to implement a similar system the team has now in the summer of 2015. He was excited in an interview with the signing of Carroll and really wanted Matthews as well. He spoke of how those 2 along with Patterson would open the game up completely for everyone else with their passing, defense, 3pt shooting and ability to switch amongst themselves. We had a thread - or several comments - here on it as well at the time; I was stoked about it. Unfortunately, the team missed out on Matthews, Carroll was a shell of himself and Patterson seemed to lose himself. Casey went back to what had worked with the players he had and what they were able to give him - the results were 50+ regular season wins and deep runs in the playoffs, which ended the same in both years, against the Cavs.
As for the playoff runs themselves, I don't care if they went 7 or struggled at times against superstar player lead teams and creative coaching, the results were the same; Casey adjusted, the players stepped up and the team won every series until the Cavs.
Step in Masai now who kept drafting well over the years and allowed Casey/Stack to implement the system they wanted to see with the big club with the 905's and a couple years later we have today. The linchpin to all of this is DeRozan and Kyle. Both have become interchangeable in their positions and DeMar has turned himself into a top 5 scorer in the league. Kudos to Casey for the buy in, kudos to the organization for taking advantage of the timing/merging with the star players and the 905s and kudos to the players stepping up and playing as a team.
I've been harsh on Casey in the past but when you take a holistic approach reviewing the last few years, these are all marks of a smart coach that seemingly knew more than many thought.
awesome post! Especially the first paragraph...