Raptors fire coach Dwane Casey

Raptors fire coach Dwane Casey

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and rapper Drake during 4th quarter action against Cleveland Cavaliers in Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Air Canada Centre at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ont. on Tuesday May 1, 2018. "I saw everything he did here", he said. Although it seems unfair to fire Casey and not give him another year, the blunder of being swept and losing 10 straight playoff games to the same team invites unwanted questions. Under Casey, the Raptors succeeded in securing four Atlantic Division titles and advanced to the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.

His first move was to fire Casey, who two days ago was named the National Basketball Coaches Association's coach of the year, an award that is voted on by a panel of his coaching peers. "It's the hardest thing I've done in my life". "A listener, a learner, a performer and a real person".

"We'll start that process right after I finish here", Ujiri said.

"I feel it didn't get us there, but I think it's credible. We'll do a thorough job".

It won't be easy to replace Casey, the front-facing man of the program for so many years. Casey had one year remaining on a three-year, $18 million dollar extension he received in June, 2016.

"What an unbelievable human being", Ujiri said. "Obviously some of them will get interviews".

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Ujiri was emotional discussing Casey's firing and reflecting upon the value he brought to the Toronto organization, continuously pointing to his character and the culture he helped foster to their prolonged success during his seven seasons. On Friday, Ujiri said he wants his new coach to continue that style moving forward. "As a team, we are constantly trying to grow and improve in order to get to the next level", Raptors president Masai Ujiri said. "Hopefully there's a smooth transition but a new coach is going to have his style, he's going to have his voice". Secondly, what will the Raptors do with a fairly talented roster that includes All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry?

"Case is one of the best coaches I've ever had", Lowry told ESPN.

And while Ujiri didn't say that Casey's playoff failures were the reason for his dismissal, and he said he hadn't spoken with Lowry or DeRozan until he let them know that he was getting rid of their coach, what those players said when the season ended must have factored into Casey's exit.

"We felt like we could possibly make the NBA Finals", Lowry said.

On Wednesday, Casey insisted "the gap is closing" between the Raptors and Cavaliers. "That's the mountain this organization has to climb".

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