A day after his stunning firing by the Raptors, Dwane Casey was thanking Toronto and its followers.
In a letter despatched to the Toronto Star, Casey wrote:
Thanks to basketball followers throughout this metropolis and the nation of Canada who supported the Raptors and welcomed my household with open arms throughout our seven years right here. Thanks to all of the followers who cheered us on on the Air Canada Centre whereas we constructed this program right into a playoff contender, packed Jurassic Park even within the chilly and rain, watched the video games from house and supplied their timeless assist as we traveled this highway to relevancy collectively.
Thanks for educating our all-American household the Canadian method. That being well mannered and thoughtful to 1 one other is all the time the easiest way. That range is one thing to be embraced and celebrated. That taking the time to find out about one another’s cultures is the surest option to discover widespread floor and understanding. Thanks for making our youngsters really feel protected, valued, and cozy in their very own pores and skin. We can not categorical how essential it has been to construct the foundations of who our youngsters are as human beings in a rustic that exhibits by means of its phrases, actions and legal guidelines that every one folks deserve primary human rights, and an opportunity to achieve their objectives by means of training and exhausting work.”
Casey, essentially the most profitable coach in franchise historical past, misplaced his job Friday after consecutive second-round playoff sweeps to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On Wednesday, Casey was named winner of the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the 12 months Award, which is voted on yearly by the league’s 30 head coaches.
The Raptors set a franchise report with 59 regular-season victories and earned the East’s No. 1 seed earlier than advancing to the Jap Convention semifinals with a Four-2 sequence victory over the Washington Wizards.