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Sports Dave Feschuk: Raptors expected to reveal Casey’s successor this week

05:06  12 june  2018
05:06  12 june  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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By Dave FeschukSports Columnist. Thu., April 28, 2016. “Somehow, some way we have to flush what happened two years ago or 20 years ago to this franchise,” Casey said. They should be playing in the second round come next week . Still, the Raptors aren’t expecting the Pacers to exercise caution with so much at stake.

All season long, Raptors coach Dwane Casey has been preaching the importance of defence. I don’t know what else is expected ,” Williams said on Saturday before the team practiced at George It’ s the playoffs. I told ’em the last week of the regular season, ‘Throw all that stuff out the window

Assistant Nick Nurse, right, is reportedly on the two-man short list of candidates to replace Dwane Casey, centre, as head coach of the Raptors, with assistant Rex Kalamian on board.© Tom Szczerbowski Assistant Nick Nurse, right, is reportedly on the two-man short list of candidates to replace Dwane Casey, centre, as head coach of the Raptors, with assistant Rex Kalamian on board.

It’s been more than a month since the Toronto Raptors fired Dwane Casey as their head coach.

And while Monday saw Casey land his next gig, agreeing to a five-year deal to coach the Detroit Pistons, Raptors president Masai Ujiri was still taking his time in the presumable lead-up to announcing Casey’s successor.

Remember how a choked-up Ujiri characterized Casey’s axing as “the hardest thing” he’d ever done in his life? It appears hiring Casey’s replacement, given how long it’s taken, is proving perhaps even more difficult, albeit for different reasons. If the decision to axe Casey was at least partly emotional, filling his seat has proven interminable. At least seven coaches have been interviewed. Who knows how many more were spit-balled. But thankfully, the announcement of which candidate will ultimately inhabit the gig is expected this week.

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Whoever takes the helm — and league sources will tell you it’s down to a two-man race between San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina and Casey’s former assistant Nick Nurse — we can be sure of one thing: Casey will serve as a difficult act to follow.

Whatever happens with a roster that’s definitely due for change this summer, Toronto’s new head coach will be judged against Casey’s work. And Casey’s work, seen in its sum, has been impressive. He’s already been voted the NBA’s coach of the year by his peers; he’s the favourite to win the media-voted version of the honour at the NBA awards gala on June 25. A sweep of both awards would be deserved. Toronto’s 59-win regular season — a mark that gave them the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed for the first time in franchise history — was an awfully compelling endorsement of a bench boss who navigated a Ujiri-mandated offensive transformation while skilfully integrating a young bench. And it speaks to his reputation around the league that he landed a new challenge so quickly — a development that will take Toronto off the hook for the final year of Casey’s contract, a savings of about $6.5 million U.S.

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By Dave FeschukSports Columnist. But a lot of what happened to the Raptors amounted to what Toronto coach Dwane Casey likened to the basketball version of “taking out a gun, pointing it at your foot and shooting ourselves.”

As for the grim memory of Toronto’s four-game, second-round elimination by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers — that reflected poorly on everyone in the Raptors organization, from its tandem of all-stars to its coaching staff. And that’s where the Ujiri-Casey relationship ultimately lost its way.

So, a month after Casey exited, the team president landed on a choice between an Iowan and an Italian. The 50-year-old Nurse, who’s from Carroll, Iowa, has been a head coach in the NBA’s developmental league, now known as the G League, where he won a pair of championships before being hired to Casey’s staff in 2013, and is best known as the chief architect of Toronto’s 2017-18 offensive makeover. The 58-year-old Messina is an Italian basketball legend who won four EuroLeague championships as a head coach before starting a new life as an NBA assistant under San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich back in 2014.

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Longest-serving coach hasn’t been counting the games, he’ s just pushing his team to be better the next one, Dave Feschuk writes. Dwane Casey is 278-222 as the Raptors ' head coach. His teams have won 48 or more games each of the last four seasons.

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Though their backgrounds are divergent, both have one thing in common: This would be their first NBA head-coaching position. This is Ujiri’s first NBA head-coaching hire. This, as it happens, is also one of Ujiri’s first Toronto-based decisions that hasn’t involved a key piece of the organization originally brought aboard by Bryan Colangelo. In the sunny years before he earned infamy for a bizarre Twitter scandal that saw him part ways with the Philadelphia 76ers last week, Colangelo hired Casey, just as he drafted DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas and traded for Kyle Lowry. When Ujiri re-signed Casey to a three-year deal in 2016 — not to mention when he re-upped DeRozan and Valanciunas and Lowry — he was essentially sticking with another brick in a foundation he didn’t lay.

So this is a rare step outside that Colangelo-built status quo. Nobody doubts Ujiri is possessed of his own vision. But this will be a telling window into it.

Whoever gets the gig, he won’t be assisted by Jerry Stackhouse. As ESPN reported Sunday, Stackhouse, who’d spent the past two seasons as head coach of the G League Raptors 905, has agreed to a deal to join the Memphis Grizzlies as an assistant coach. Stackhouse, though he interviewed for the Toronto job, wasn’t going to get the head coach’s gig given his limited resume (before Raptors 905, which he led to two straight league finals and the 2017 championship, he spent just one year as a Casey assistant). But Stackhouse is a future NBA head coach to many eyes. And there had to be concerns in Toronto that no matter who ends up in the head coach’s chair, Stackhouse’s clear ambition and self-assuredness could have proved an unwelcome presence.

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The Cavaliers were seven-point underdogs, but the Raptors were the evening’ s unfortunate pooches. Too many empty possessions, too little production from the vaunted bench, too little poise in the clutch, Dave Feschuk writes.

Raptors president Masai Ujiri says everything will be evaluated in the off-season. (The Canadian Press). And you wouldn’t have expected him to fade meekly into the background as his job status Which brings us to another reality that’s helping Casey ’ s case: There is no obvious successor .

As of Monday night, exactly who will land the last remaining head-coaching gig of the NBA off-season remained a topic of conjecture in the basketball community. Some sources familiar with Toronto’s situation were betting it will be Nurse because Ujiri has a long record of defaulting to a known quantity. Another source in the coaching community figured it will be Messina — because he’s a different voice, and because he has the San Antonio ties Ujiri deeply respects. (Plan A, don’t forget, was to hire longtime Popovich assistant Mike Budenholzer before Budenholzer landed in Milwaukee.)

And if coaching was Toronto’s problem in the playoffs — and that’s what Ujiri was essentially saying with Casey’s termination — undergoing a month-long search only to hire the guy who was sitting next to Casey the past five years could be framed by a skeptic as borderline absurd. Or maybe it’ll simply be spun as a long, hard bout of necessary due diligence.

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