Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Raptors fire coach Casey after National Basketball Association playoff ouster

Raptors fire coach Casey after National Basketball Association playoff ouster

And although Casey led the Raptors to a franchise-record 59 wins this season and claimed the National Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year Award, the Raptors chose to move in another direction after they were swept out of the second round by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But the Raptors, whose franchise-record 59 wins during the regular season raised expectations that they would challenge for the National Basketball Association title for the first time in their 23-year existence, were once again outmatched by their post-season nemesis.

This time around, Cleveland only mustered an average of 14 points of difference - largely due to a 35-point Game 4 spanking that gave this team great momentum heading into the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

"After careful consideration, I have decided this is a very hard but necessary step the franchise must take". "I know where we started here, I know what we've accomplished, I know the basketball world how they feel about us and respect us and what we're doing, so it's part of the territory", Casey said at the time".

Not only did the Toronto Raptors president fire his head coach Dwane Casey, but the organization announced the news just two and a half hours after his corporate brethren, the Maple Leafs, declared that they had promoted Kyle Dubas to the position of general manager.

"Probably within the last five years, I bet they've improved in winning percentage every single year", James said. A media panel voted separately for the NBA's coach of the year award, which will be announced June 25. He is the winningest coach in Raptors history, having posted a 320-238 record in the regular season, including three consecutive 50-win seasons for a franchise that had not previously won 50 games in a year. But Toronto couldn't get past Cleveland, losing to LeBron James and the Cavs in each of the past three playoffs.

Casey had one year remaining on his contract.

"We didn't always see eye to eye, but he let me be me ..." "We'll look everywhere. I'm not ruling out anything".

"Case is one of the best coaches I've ever had", Lowry told ESPN. It was the third straight season in which they lost to the Cavaliers in the playoffs.

Casey bristled a day later at any suggestion that the Raptors had been outcoached, and while it's true the star players didn't quite say that, there was certainly a suggestion of that in their words.

It won't be easy to replace Casey, the front-facing man of the program for so many years. "That's the mountain this organization has to climb".

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