November 23, 2012
Raptors' fortunes unchanged despite NBA mistake admission -- coach
By RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. - Dwane Casey is happy the NBA admitted its officials made a mistake at the end of Wednesday’s loss in Charlotte, but knows the admission won’t change the fortunes of his team.
“We have some of the best officials in the world, bar none. But people make mistakes,” Casey told the Toronto Sun on Friday morning.
“But our system, the NBA system, proved to work (with) the fact that, if the officials make a mistake, they have a system in place where we can send plays in and they can review plays (which Toronto has done several times over the course of the season).
“I respect the NBA for saying: ‘Hey, we made a mistake.’ We all make mistakes. It still doesn’t help us at the end of games (because the result won’t be overturned), but it shows a system is in place.”
The NBA said the officials missed a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist foul on Andrea Bargnani in the dying seconds of Wednesday’s one-point loss. Bargnani should have been sent to the free throw line for two shots.
Casey also said ahead of Friday’s game against the Detroit Pistons that rookies Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross have earned more playing time with their recent performances.
“(Valanciunas has) built that trust, not only with me, but with teammates, with the referees, the opposition and he’s growing every time,” Casey said.
“(Ross is) growing. He’s earning his minutes. He’s getting them through the way he’s played. I thought he really competed in the Charlotte game. He did some good stuff offensively. The more he earns it, the more time he’s going to get.”