Casey firing filled with intrigue 

January, 23, 2007
01/23/07
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Today's dismissal of Dwane Casey appears to me to be a case of "We'd better fire him now while it's still convenient, because it might not be easier to fire him down the road."

The Wolves' current four-game losing streak gave owner Glen Taylor just enough cover to try to justify the change, but this firing had been coming ever since management forced Casey to get rid of trusted assistant Johnny Davis last summer in order to clear the way for Randy Wittman as the ownership-chosen lead assistant.

Taylor even told Wittman he was not being brought in as a coach-in-waiting after Wittman himself sounded the alarm that his own hiring seemed a little fishy, saying he did not want to be viewed as an underminer of Casey by the players, the public or the rest of the staff. Taylor assured him that would not be the case

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