Just six weeks after being fired by the Toronto Raptors, Dwayne Casey was named Coach of the Year at last night’s NBA Awards ceremony.
In what was no surprise to anyone who followed Casey’s career in Toronto, he delivered a classy and composed speech in which he thanked the core Raptors players of the past 4-5 years for helping him build the program to the point of reaching a franchise-record 59 wins this season.
“Those guys (DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry) – four-time All-Stars, Olympians – I’m so proud of what they’ve accomplished.”
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Just days before being fired by the Raptors in early May, Casey was named Coach of the Year by all the other NBA coaches.
Casey was hired on June 21, 2011, and is the most successful coach in Raptors history, posting a 320-238 (.573) record in seven seasons. He oversaw the only three 50-win seasons in franchise history, including the aforementioned club-record 59-win season this year. With his guidance, the Raptors won four Atlantic Division titles, advanced to the playoffs in five consecutive seasons, and made it to the Eastern Conference Final in 2016.
You can watch his entire speech below:
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With files from Rob Willams