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Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 1:07 pm  |  20 responses

Raptors Hire Dwane Casey as Head Coach

Rumors were flying around that this hire was going down, but now, as dallasnews.com is reporting, it’s official: Former Mavs assistant Dwane Casey will be the Toronto Raptors’ new head coach: “Just got a call from a Toronto source saying that Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey is expected to be announced as head coach of the Raptors. It could be announced this afternoon. Casey has interviewed twice with the Raptors and their decision has come down to Casey and Boston assistant Lawrence Frank.”

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  • Josh

    Good choice, Toronto. Finally.

  • chinadian123

    damn! about time TO got a head coach who knows D!

  • greg

    this is our best coach in a while, triano( not enough experience, and exellent assistant coach though) Sam mitchell( good heart again not enough experience) kevin oneil=fail, lenny wilkins got run out of town by carter. again casey has little head coaching experience if any but he has a title, so this could go well especially if we draft kemba walker to be the extension of the coach on the court.

  • T-Money

    good, solid hire. you could see by the two finalists that colangelo wanted a coach that talks defense.

  • http://realgm.com Ghost

    Mwhahaha.

  • Toronto Raptors

    When an article states “is expected” and “could” as well as
    “Casey has interviewed twice with the Raptors and their decision has come down to Casey and Boston assistant Lawrence Frank” — how do you decide to change the wording to “will be” and “official”? Official?!

    Likely to happen, but how about a bit of fact checking first?

  • http://realgm.com Ghost

    ^ Man yells at cloud.

  • http://realgm.com Ghost
  • bruno

    oh men oh men! Not the best choice as coach. the best one is Sam Mitchell
    who has the experince of losing and giving kobe bryant a 81pts in one night. and famous quote:” they wanna play ball let them play ball”. his the one for the job bring him back.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Defense, here we come! lol

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Good stuff! Very excited about this hire.

  • Vince5

    Great news, let’s play some d.

  • buschfire

    Good job, I look forward to the new look Raptors. Dwane Casey is the only man for the job.

  • http://bugmarley.com Bug Marley

    So Bargs is on his way out?

  • buschfire

    Only in our dreams… by the deadline this year if there is a season it would be nice to see Bargs go…let him raise his stock value a little before he goes then Bam! bye bye Banana!

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    When I saw this I was worried that their offense might suffer, but then I remembered Triano was staying on as an assistant, which means the Raptors finally have all the bases covered. This is a make or break season for this current group, if they don’t show signs of life, expect big trades to go down.

  • MUBWAR

    good hie. now the raptors should draft Kemba and trade away that banana we have as a center.

  • BRAVO

    i hope things go well for my city. well @ least have a better record than last year and hope to make a playoff run

  • Buschfire

    Triano isn’t even an assistant…hes and advisor to the GM aka BryCo trust me with the talent the Raptors have on offense they don’t need to worry…

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I think this hiring should put Bayless into the starting lineup full-time; Casey is a defensive coach, Bayless is a better defender than any PG prospect available at the 5 (maybe not Brandon Knight)and they still have a hole at the SF. I’m seeing Vesely or Leonard here.

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