Although the Toronto Raptors finished with the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference at 59-23, the playoffs were a deflating experience for the team. After being swept out of the second round of the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Raptors announced on Friday morning that they have fired head coach Dwane Casey.
Although he was widely praised for his much-discussed “culture reset” that fostered a good deal of internal improvement for the Raptors, the inability to push back against LeBron -- granted, a tough ask of any coach -- likely led the team to make the move. If nothing else, they had to do something.
Curiously, Casey was voted the NBA coaches’ Coach of the Year by his peers in the league. This is different from the NBA’s official Coach of the Year award, which is voted on by members of the media instead of fellow coaches and has yet to be announced, but it stands to reason that Casey has a strong chance at winning that award as well.
Here is what the basketball world had to say about Casey’s firing: