Dwane Casey was a victim of his own success with the Raptors

Dwane Casey did a hell of a job. Let’s start there. In his first season as coach of the Toronto Raptors, 2011-12, Andrea Bargnani was their No. 1 option and Aaron Gray started 40 games at center. The Raptors were coming off a 22-60 season, in which they finished dead-last in defensive rating, and he dragged largely the same roster to 14th. It might not have seemed like much at the time — Toronto went 23-43 in that lockout-shortened season — but it was the beginning of the most successful era in franchise history. 

Since then, the Raptors have incrementally improved year after year, culminating in this season: 59 wins, the No. 1 seed in the East and the third-best net rating in the NBA in the regular season. Thanks to those marks and the new offensive system Casey implemented, he might win Coach of the Year.

If that happens, it will be a bit awkward. Casey was fired Friday, with Toronto president Masai Ujiri singing his praises in a more-emotional-than-usual press conference to announce the decision. Ujiri called the firing “the hardest thing I’ve done in my life,” adding that Casey didn’t necessarily do anything wrong, but “the time has come” to make a change. 

“I don’t think I’ll work with a better person,”

Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/dwane-casey-was-a-victim-of-his-own-success-with-the-raptors/

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