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The Raptors Would Be Crazy To Fire Dwane Casey

The Raptors Would Be Crazy To Fire Dwane Casey

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said that fact has something to do with why Toronto couldn't get it done, per Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic.

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported some National Basketball Association executives believe the Raptors will fire Casey after the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed in the second round of the playoffs.

After last year's defeat Ujiri promised a "culture reset" in Toronto, but despite a 59-win regular season the end result for the Raptors was the same. Perhaps the situation is turning into one where the Raptors have their eye on a particular candidate and would be willing to replace Casey if an opportunity arose.

Ujiri bristled about the Raptors being the butt of jokes about their long-running struggles with the Cavs, who have won 10 straight postseason games against Toronto. "Guess what? I have to look at a body of work".

However, changing the coach to help change the feeling around the team is much easier. Casy said about his future: "Nobody has told me differently".

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TSN is reporting that the Toronto Raptors' general manager Masai Ujiri is strongly leaning towards firing Dwane Casey. "No matter what, I'm always going to have the utmost respect when it comes to coach Casey". "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".

Ujiri says he and Casey met for two hours on Wednesday morning.

"We're not going to handcuff ourselves in any way, but the one thing I know is we're a strong team now, we're together now and now it's my job".

"In the regular season there was good success", Ujiri said. "We were the second-youngest team in the playoffs, and to be able to handle some of those situations you have to have been there before and have the mental toughness to handle it". The Raptors revamped their offence around improved three-point shooting and better ball movement, and focused on developing the bench. "We believe in the growth".

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