41.2 F
Detroit
Monday, August 10, 2020

Dwane Casey responds to Antetokounmpo’s claim that Detroit Pistons want to play ‘dirty’

Following the Detroit Pistons 127-103 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo accused the Pistons of wanting to play dirty and that they crossed the line against him.

“They just play hard,” Antetokounmpo told media members. “They want to be physical, they want to be dirty, they want you to get out of your game. Whenever you come in Detroit you expect that. Nothing that happened tonight wasn’t expected.”

On Friday, Pistons head coach Dwane Casey responded to Antetokounmpo’s claim, saying his team wants to play physical, not dirty.

From The Detroit News:

“I cringe when people say we’re playing dirty basketball and all that stuff. We want to play physical; we want to play clean, physical, hard-nosed basketball,” Casey said before Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. “We’re not trying to be the Bad Boys — there’s only one Bad Boys group — but I cringed when people said our guys were playing dirty the other night against Antetokounmpo. Nowhere even close.”

Casey said it wasn’t a matter of trying to be tougher against Antetokounmpo, it’s just something that needs to be developed and possibly taught.

“I think you have to have a physical DNA first. The only way I know how to teach it is to create it as a habit,” he said. “You can’t do it just one night against a great player; you have to do it each and every night and make it a habit.

“Physical is not just on the defensive end; it’s physical screens and it’s being physical taking the ball to the hoops with taking it through tough bodies and getting hit through physicality on their defensive end.”

 

 

- Advertisement -
Don Drysdale
I am a fan of all Detroit sports and LOVE to write about them!

Latest news

Report: Mike Tyson’s return to the ring vs. Roy Jones Jr. has been rescheduled

If you have been patiently awaiting Mike Tyson's return to the ring, you are going to wait a bit longer. According to Mike Coppinger of...
- Advertisement -

Report: Power Five to cancel fall sports, football

Well, here we go. According to reports, presidents of the Power Five conferences are planning meetings for the coming week and the expectation is...

Source: Big Ten presidents ready to ‘pull the plug’ on fall sports

According to a report from ESPN, commissioners of the Power 5 conferences held an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss the potential postponement of...

Houston Astros involved in 2nd bench-clearing brawl of season [Video]

This is what happens when cheaters (Astros) go unpunished. Prior to the start of the 2020 season, we knew the Houston Astros would be involved...

Related news

Hall of Fame coach Paul Westphal diagnosed with brain cancer

According to Mike Lupica, Hall of Fame coach Paul Westphal has been diagnosed with brain cancer. "I've been close friends with Paul Westphal ever since...

All players, coaches and referees kneel during anthem prior to NBA restart

It's safe to say that this wasn't exactly unexpected. Prior to tonight's NBA restart contest between the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz, every player...

Report: Detroit Pistons purchase team from Phoenix Suns

According to multiple reports, the Detroit Pistons have purchased the Northern Arizona Suns from the Phoenix Suns. James Edwards III is reporting that the...

Former Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy bashes Mike Ditka over anthem comments

I really wanted to avoid sharing former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka's comments on people who do not respect the national anthem because...