From December 2014…
The Toronto Raptors’ climb hasn’t been an overnight miracle. But it’s been a memorable climb under the steady leadership of head coach Dwane Casey.
The Raptors are on pace for an increase in wins for the fourth consecutive season since Casey was hired to lead the team on June 21, 2011. They went 13-4 in November, and Casey was named the NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month.
The Raptors (16-6 through Wednesday) have the best record in the Eastern Conference. And in their first three seasons under Casey, they won 23, 34 and 48 games, respectively, taking the Atlantic Division title last spring. Casey received a new three-year contract in May.
“Statistics come and go. You look at all the statistics and the key is continuous hard play each and every night you step onto the floor,” Casey said in an exclusive interview last week, “and I think that’s what our guys are giving.”
When Casey took the reins in Toronto, then-team president/GM Bryan Colangelo said, “. . . his proven ability as a defensive architect will serve as a great backdrop for the future of the team.”