Dwane Casey: "I Had Never Seen Anything Like It"

The Pistons coach reflected on the pandemic's impact on his players, family and the NBA

Zach Gelb
March 30, 2020 - 11:31 am
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With the NBA season still on hiatus, Pistons coach Dwane Casey dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on his team, as well as the league.

“I had never seen anything like it in coaching,” Casey said on The Zach Gelb Show. “There’s no textbook for that. There’s no playbook or speech for that. It’s kind of like, ‘We’re all in this together. Our health and your family is the most important thing right now.’”

Pistons forward Christian Wood tested positive for COVID-19 but has made a full recovery.

“He was in good spirits and good health through the whole process,” Casey said. “He was asymptomatic, so that was encouraging, but at the same time, scary. If you can be as healthy as he was and still have the virus, that’s scary. But he’s fine now. He’s in good spirits.”

Once the season was suspended, Casey, 62, spent a few days isolated in a hotel. When he returned home, he remained in his basement and away from family.

“My wife was great,” he said. “She took it very seriously. She made sure everything was wiped down and cleaned, but again, I stayed away from my family until the 14-day quarantine was over.”

While Casey is optimistic the season will resume, he is focusing on the NBA Draft. The Pistons (20-46) will likely be picking in the lottery.

“I want to make sure I’m well-informed and see as many college games as I possibly can and players as I can,” Casey said. “I’m trying to catch up and get informed on guys that may be where we’re going to draft them.”