Tuesday , Jan , 23 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Minnesota fires Casey

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves fired head
coach Dwane Casey on Tuesday. Assistant coach Randy Wittman will take over the
head coaching duties for the remainder of the season.

Casey was in his second season as head coach with the Timberwolves. Minnesota
is 20-20 this year and in third place in the Northwest Division, seven games
behind division leader Utah. The club has lost four straight, including the
first two of a four-game road trip that continues on Wednesday night in
Portland.

“We started the season with certain goals and expectations that have not been
met,” said Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale.
“We’ve struggled with being consistent throughout the year and ultimately
that’s the head coach’s responsibility.”

The Timberwolves went 33-49 in Casey’s first year as head coach.

This will be the second head coaching stint for Wittman, who came to Minnesota
as an assistant for this season. He was head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers
for two seasons (1999-2001) and went 62-102.

“We believe that Randy Wittman will provide out team with a different voice to
get us jump-started and going in the right direction,” said McHale. “Randy is
a known quantity who has a great amount of experience in the NBA. He’s been
an assistant coach, a player and a head coach in the league.”

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