The Atlanta Hawks will promote assistant coach Larry Drew to fill the void left by Mike Woodson’s firing, which means that Dwane Casey will remain a part of Maverick family for the immediate future. This is good news, even if it means that a perfectly deserving coach was denied yet another chance to be the head coach of an NBA team.
Casey is something of a luxury for the Mavs now, but obviously one they’d hate to surrender. You can really never have too many talented coaches on the bench (and running through practices, and working out match-ups, and developing players) and right now Dallas is blessed to not only have Rick Carlisle at the helm, but a coaching staff that has to be considered one of the strongest in the league. Casey and Terry Stotts are great gets to fill out the bench, but the strength of the coaching staff extends to each assistant, to strength and conditioning coach Robert Packett, to former-player assistants Darrell Armstrong and Popeye Jones.
Retaining Casey — at least until the next head coaching vacancy — is a boon for the Mavs. I do feel for Casey, who is well-worthy of the Hawks job among many other gigs, but it’s not as if his career is overshadowed by a sense of gloom; this wasn’t the shot for Casey to jump back into the head coaching ranks, merely a shot. Dwane will be a head coach sometime in the near future, and the Hawks’ decision simply delays the inevitable. In the meantime, the Mavs will reap all the benefits.