Toronto Raptors Fire Head Coach Dwane Casey After Historic Season

12 May 2018, 06:17 | Kristine Mills

This was a little sad

This was a little sad

The Toronto Raptors sacked head coach Dwane Casey following their Eastern Conference semi-final sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"After careful consideration, I have decided this is a very hard but necessary step the franchise must take", said Ujiri in a written statement reported by numerous news organizations.

Casey joined the Raptors in 2011 after spending the previous three seasons with the Dallas Mavericks as the assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks.

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 holds the franchise record for wins, winning percentage, games coached, and playoff games coached.

The Toronto Raptors won a franchise-record 59 games this season, which was good enough for the top spot in the NBA's Eastern Conference. Finding the guy who will take the team through a postseason ceiling is an obvious requirement, or the decision to fire a potential dual Coach of the Year (peers and media) will look incredibly rash.

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James owns a nice piece of real estate in the Raptors' heads, Casey couldn't evict him, and now he's gone.

"We have continued to get better", Casey said.

According to ESPN, former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer will be getting serious consideration to take the spot.

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". Toronto revamped its offence to focus on three-point shooting and better ball movement, and focused on developing the bench, which became the envy of the league.

Said Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue of Casey: "For what he's done for that team and the culture of that team, his accolades speak for themselves". This time, he started Jonas Valanciunas against Love until Game 4, and throughout the series Toronto was far too willing to switch smaller, helpless players onto both James and Love. I have never been in this position to fire a coach and for how he handled this, honestly, in Toronto, in Canada, in the National Basketball Association, we should celebrate a guy like this. Less than one week after Stein's report, Casey is out of a job.

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