Dwane Casey Voted NBA Coach of the Year by his Colleagues
Amidst rumours of his imminent dismissal, Toronto head coach Dwane Casey received a ringing endorsement from his peers Wednesday.
Casey was voted the latest recipient of the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year award, voted on by the league’s 30 head coaches.
Mavericks coach and NBCA president Rick Carlisle praised Casey’s work this season: “Dwane Casey once again maximized the Toronto roster to achieve the top record in the Eastern Conference. Congratulations to Dwane on this prestigious recognition.”
Casey coached the Raptors to a franchise-record 59-win season. He successfully integrated many inexperienced players into the Toronto rotation, all while instilling a new style in the team, predicated on increased ball movement and 3-point shooting.
“To be honored by your peers is incredibly gratifying, and I am so thankful to my colleagues across the league for this recognition,” said Casey. “I’m also grateful to the talented and dedicated coaching staff I work with every day in Toronto.”
The award comes at a time when many view Casey’s job to be in jeopardy, despite Toronto’s regular-season success.
A 2nd consecutive second-round sweep to Cleveland has fuelled talk that the Raptors’ veteran coach’s time in Toronto is numbered. TSN reported yesterday that the Raptors are “strongly leaning towards making a coaching change.”
Casey, for his part, does not intend to go elsewhere. “Nobody has told me differently,” said Casey during Wednesday’s season-ending press conference. “Until then I’m here, still fighting. I’m still here.”