Internet reacts to fired Raptors coach Casey nominated for NBA Coach of the Year

May 17 2018, 11:52 am

Well this is awkward…

Dwane Casey doesn’t have a job, but he was named a finalist for NBA Coach of the Year on Wednesday.

Casey, who was already named the top coach this season by his peers, was fired by the Toronto Raptors on Friday. In an unusual turn of events, Casey was let go after leading his team to the most successful season in team history.

The Raptors, to their credit, acknowledged their longtime coach on social media:

Think the internet would let that one go quietly? Not a chance…

In far less awkward news, a current member of the Raptors was named a finalist for another NBA award.

Guard Fred Van Vleet is up for the Sixth Man Award. He’s up against Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets) and Lou Williams (LA Clippers).

We’ll find out if Casey and Van Vleet are winners in their respective categories at the NBA Awards on June 25.

Here’s the full list of award nominees:







  • Anthony Davis, Pelicans
  • James Harden, Rockets
  • LeBron James, Cavaliers

Defensive Player of the Year

  • Anthony Davis, Pelicans
  • Joel Embiid, 76ers
  • Rudy Gobert, Jazz

Coach of the Year

  • Dwane Casey, Raptors
  • Brad Stevens, Celtics
  • Quin Snyder, Jazz

Sixth Man

  • Lou Williams, Clippers
  • Eric Gordon, Rockets
  • Fred Van Vleet, Raptors

Most Improved Player

  • Victor Oladipo, Pacers
  • Clint Capela, Rockets
  • Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets

Rookie of the Year

  • Ben Simmons, 76ers
  • Donovan Mitchell, Jazz
  • Jayson Tatum, Celtics
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