Lue says Dwane Casey Firing Would be 'Absurd'

Dwane Casey

Head coach Dwane Casey of the Toronto Raptors reacts while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 5, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.

In the wake of the Toronto Raptors' second consecutive sweep at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dwane Casey has come under question with regards to his future role. Even prior to that game, there were reports surfacing around the Association that insiders believed head coach Dwane Casey would be fired (more on that here). "I'm also grateful to the talented and dedicated coaching staff I work with every day in Toronto", Casey said in the release.

The most recognition Stevens, 41, has gotten for his coaching efforts throughout his National Basketball Association coaching career are the three Coach of the Month Awards he has won for April 2015, February 2016 and November 2017. Casey also leads Raptors' coaches in playoff appearances with five and guided the team to their first-ever Eastern Conference Final appearance in 2016. "So that might not be the reason [for the loss]", Ujiri said.

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri said everything will be evaluated this off-season after the team crashed out of the playoffs amid high expectations.




The honour is separate from the league's coach of the year award.

"It's part of the business", Casey said of the rumours. But that success didn't quiet talk that perhaps Casey could be on his way out in Toronto after the team's loss to Cleveland. That means for the postseason, the 59-win Raptors went 4-6.

The NBA's official Coach of the Year award, as voted on by media, will be announced at the league's award show on June 25. "The things he does for his teammates gets them going". "You get to that point where you're standing firm through everything and you feel like you can't get knocked down again, and you realize you do get knocked back down again".

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