Raptors Fire Coach Dwane Casey in a Pathetic Move
The Toronto Raptors fired Dwane Casey, the most successful coach in team history on Friday, following a third consecutive loss in the playoffs to the Cavs; the past two coming in the second round via a sweep. In a season where Casey was named the NBA coach of the year, the Raptors won a franchise record 59 games and obtained the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. They looked poised to make a Finals run, but, it all came crashing down to LeBron James and Cleveland; their ultimate kryptonite.
In the what have you done for me lately world that we live in, which is more evident in professional sports than virtually any other field, Casey paid for another disappointing playoff exit with his job after 7 successful seasons at the helm, which he lead Toronto to 320 wins, and its only 50 wins seasons in the history of the franchise. In his defense, the Cavs knocked the Raptors out of the post season the last three years, but have dominated the east ever since LeBron has been back, as no one else has come close to contending with Cleveland.
Should the franchise have really fired Caey over this? He has built a winner since his tenure began for an NBA franchise that has only endured eleven winning seasons since their inaugural season of 1995. With the possibility of LeBron leaving the Cavs after this season, and the east being wide open, why fire your coach now? In my eyes, it's an an unfair and bad move, at the very least, give him one more season. At least if James leaves Cleveland, then maybe Casey could have gotten Toronto over the hump.
I understand that this is all speculation, bottom line, poor organizations make irrational and unusual decisions, hence the reason why they usually stink. The name of the game is progress, the Raptors improved in six of the seven seasons under Casey. How on earth do you fire someone who has done nothing but good for a previously obscure organization? Hopefully Dwane Casey will rebound and move on to bigger and better things, and as for Toronto, they may just realize that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.