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Ujiri: Casey Still Deserves Coach of the Year Honors

Ujiri: Casey Still Deserves Coach of the Year Honors

It also comes after the Raptors were swept out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Toronto Raptors announced the firing of coach Dwane Casey on Friday morning, four days after the Raptors were swept out of the postseason by the Cleveland Cavaliers - and just two days after Casey's peers chose him as the NBA's coach of the year.

Casey guided the Raptors to five consecutive playoff appearances, though the last two years they were eliminated in the second round.

Instead, it's three strikes against James and you're out, and the NBA's likely Coach of the Year is packing up his office. "As a team, we are constantly trying to grow and improve in order to get to the next level", Raptors president Masai Ujiri said in a statement. Casey, 61, the best coach in Raptors team history by a significant margin, is coming off a record-breaking season, and is a decent bet to be named the NBA Coach of the Year next month. He has a 320-238 record in those seven seasons and led the team to five straight playoff appearances.

Casey joined the Raptors in 2011 after spending the previous three seasons with the Dallas Mavericks as the assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks. The 2017-18 campaign was particularly stellar as Toronto won a team-record 59 games and earned the No. 1 seed in the East.

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"We can't be all happy on the farm", he'd say, with the subtlest of winks, after a win.

Ujiri said a few times on Friday that he hoped Casey would be celebrated for all that he has done here. The Raptors' historic season came after Ujiri called for a "culture reset" last off-season.

There seem to be a lot of regrets for Casey each year.

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". But I guess their front office wants playoff success. It was probably my fault that I didn't make it clear that we wanted to trap him and get the ball out of his hands.

Blatt is eager to get back into the National Basketball Association, and his year-and-a-half with the Cavaliers - 83-40, 14-6 in the playoffs and a trip to the Finals - shows he is worthy of another chance.

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