Raptors relieve Dwane Casey of head coaching duties
NBA.com Global on May 12, 2018 07:42 AM
Dwane Casey NBA file photo
Toronto Raptors press release
Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri announced Friday (Saturday, PHL time) that Dwane Casey has been relieved of his duties as the team’s head coach.
“After careful consideration, I have decided this is a very difficult but necessary step the franchise must take. As a team, we are constantly trying to grow and improve in order to get to the next level,” Ujiri said. “We celebrate everything Dwane has done for the organization, we thank him, and we wish him nothing but the best in future. He was instrumental in creating the identity and culture of who we are as a team, and we are so proud of that.”
Casey was named the eighth head coach in Raptors history June 21, 2011. He posted a 320-238 (.573) record in seven seasons at the helm of the Raptors, including the only three 50-win seasons in franchise history. Under Casey’s leadership, the Raptors won four Atlantic Division titles and advanced to the postseason in a franchise record five consecutive seasons. He was the longest-tenured coach in team history and is the franchise’s all-time winningest coach.
In 2017-2018, the Raptors won a franchise record 59 games and earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time in team history.