DALLAS -- Toronto coach Dwane Casey was quick to point out after Friday's shootaround that a lot of the defensive philosophies that he uses with the Raptors he got them from Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.
Casey was an assistant on Carlisle's staff with the Mavs from 2008-'11, and was dubbed the team's defensive coordinator when the Dallas captured the 2011 NBA title. Following that championship season, Casey was hired by the Raptors to be their coach, and he'll be forever grateful to Carlisle for the help he gave him in his career.
"I learned a lot from Rick,'' Casey said after the shootaround at American Airlines Center. "A lot of philosophies, a lot of the play calls, a lot of the defensive principles we use here, that's something that doesn't change.
"One thing I learned from Rick is you've got to be flexible, you've got to adjust, you've got to make adjustments in your philosophy whether it's pick-and-roll defense or the way you handle the screens, pin-downs and that type of things according to who you play.''
Carlisle tips his hat to the job Casey is performing with the Raptors, who play the Mavs at 7:30 tonight at the AAC.
"Dwane's doing a great job with these guys,'' Carlisle said. "They play hard, they got a lot of depth and they know what they're doing.
"Dwane and I have always had similar philosophies on defense. We're old school types when it comes to that.''
Casey, however, said when it comes to implementing defensive intangibles, not many does it better than Carlisle.
"He's a master, he's a very intelligent basketball man,'' Casey said. "A lot of the things we do -- I wouldn't say 100 percent, but I would say probably 95 percent of the stuff we do -- is similar to the stuff that won us a championship here.''
-- Dwain Price
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