On Wednesday, Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was voted “Coach the Year” by his fellow NBA coaches after leading his team to an Eastern Conference-best 59-23 record, the best mark in franchise history.
Today, Casey has been fired.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors have decided to fire Casey following another four-game sweep at the hands LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In the days since the elimination game, there had been speculation that Casey would be the one to go, rather than trading one their All-Star guards, DeMar DeRozan or Kyle Lowry. Toronto may still shake things up in the f-season but Casey won’t be around for any that.
Raptors President Masai Ujiri released a statement today regarding the decision to relieve Dwane Casey his coaching duties.
During his tenure in Toronto, which began in 2011, Casey has guided the Raptors to five straight playf appearances, four Atlantic Division titles and three consecutive 50-win seasons.