More details are emerging about the circumstances that may have led to the firing of Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey. "As a team, we are constantly trying to grow and imrpve in order to get to the next level", team president Masai Ujiri said in a statement.
It's time for Dwane Casey's tenure as Raptors head coach to end.
Casey posted a 320-238 (.573) overall record at the helm of the Raptors, the team's regular-season record improving in all but one of Casey's seven seasons. He was the longest-tenured coach in team history and is the franchise's all-time winningest coach. It also comes after the Raptors were swept out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. I hope coach Casey gets Coach of the Year because he deserves it.
So the Raptors fired Casey, praising him on his way out the door.
Like I said, in terms of a collaboration, I don't think I'll work with a better person - maybe my dad.
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Throughout Casey's time in Toronto, Casey loved saying that Toronto needed to be a "hit-first team" and play with "a two-by-four on our shoulder".
League sources have also told ESPN that assistant coach Nick Nurse and G League coach Jerry Stackhouse will be seen as a consideration for the Raptors' head coaching job.
Masai Ujiri called firing Dwane Casey the most hard thing he's ever done.
After Toronto's playoff exit last spring, Ujiri demanded a "culture reset", leading a greater emphasis on ball movement, depth, and 3-point shooting.
"The last three years have been rough for us, competing against this team", said DeMar DeRozan. Toronto would seem to be the ideal landing spot for Budenholzer, as this Raptors team is built to win right now. May. But the National Basketball Association is a star-driven league, and while LeBron rose to the occasion, the Raptors top players faded at the worst times during the second round series. "A lot of my success, all of my success, I have to credit Casey". He could have been fired the next year, too, but the Raptors barely avoided a first-round loss in a seven-game series with the Indiana Pacers and snuck by the Miami Heat in seven games to make it to the conference finals.