Pistons' Casey encouraged by signs of growth from team's young players

Steve Kornacki
Special to The Detroit News

Detroit — Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey is a teacher at heart, and that love of helping young players learn the game is valuable on a team that has 10 players who are either rookies or second-year players.

There was a point in Sunday’s 104-102 loss to the Knicks, when 6-foot-9 center Isaiah Stewart bolted for the bench during a timeout and couldn’t wait to connect with Casey. He put his arm around his coach while absorbing another lesson.