Toronto Raptors fire head coach Dwane Casey after seven seasons

NBA reacts to Dwane Casey's shocking firing by Toronto Raptors: 'Stay paranoid,' says Isaiah Thomas

The Toronto Raptors fired head coach Dwane Casey, the team announced Friday morning.

Toronto President Masai Ujiri said the move was a "very hard but necessary step".

Masai Ujiri says he has not started to assemble the list of candidates he will pursue as the next coach of the Toronto Raptors, but there are some easily identifiable names out there to at least whet the appetite.

Casey, 61, went 320-238 in seven seasons coaching the Raptors, bringing four Atlantic division crowns and the team's first three 50-win campaigns.

Postseason success is what matters most in this situation, and while his regular season record over the last few years speaks for itself, Casey and the Raptors haven't had a sparkling playoff history as of late. In his decorated playoff career, there is a long list of teams and coaches that have chose to change their direction because of a run-in with James in the Eastern Conference. Thanks to those marks and the new offensive system Casey implemented, he might win Coach of the Year.

The firing came two days after Casey was named NBA Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coaches Association. But Toronto could not get past the puzzle of the Cavaliers and LeBron James in the playoffs.

Casey had a 21-31 playoff record with the Raptors, which equals out to a.412 win percentage.

On Friday, Casey was sacked, and that could be good news for Magic fans. When they were swept by the Cavs in 2017, many observers initially took Ujiri's famous "culture reset" comment to mean that he'd look for a new coach, rather than keeping Casey and changing their style of play. It was probably my fault that I didn't make it clear that we wanted to trap him and get the ball out of his hands. "We didn't always see eye to eye, but he let me be me".

Lowry said the Raptors did a lot of things well under Casey. Toronto is obviously getting sick and exhausted of losing playoff games to the one team that always beats them, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Less than one week after Stein's report, Casey is out of a job.

Regardless of the team or matchup, James has had his way with the Raptors every time they have met in the playoffs over the last several years.

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