Detroit Pistons hire ex-Raptors head coach Dwane Casey

by Steven Clarke June 13, 2018, 4:08
Detroit Pistons hire ex-Raptors head coach Dwane Casey

That's why when the Detroit Pistons showed interest in the 61-year-old Casey filling their coaching void left by the parting of Stan Van Gundy, he was intrigued. Promoted to associate head coach in November 2000, nine of his teams in Seattle finished above.500 with five winning 50 or more games.

"Dwane is one of the most successful and highly respected coaches in our league", Pistons owner Tom Gores said.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news Monday, saying it's a 5-year deal. The NBA coach of the year finalist was sacked shortly after Toronto was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In seven years with the organization, Casey posted an overall record of 320-238. The last time the Pistons made the postseason they were swept in the first round by the Cavaliers in 2016.

But the franchise had its eyes on an National Basketball Association finals appearance this year after winning a franchise-record 59 games in the regular season, the second best record in the league behind only Houston.

Casey was sacked in May, shortly after being dubbed Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coach's Association.

He coached the Minnesota Timberwolves for a little more than one season, going 53-69.

Detroit acquired Blake Griffin in a blockbuster trade this past season and that wasn't enough to push Detroit into the playoffs.

He also spent three seasons (2008-11) as an assistant with Dallas under Rick Carlisle where he directed the club's defense and helped lead the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship.

A native of Morganfield, KY, Casey played collegiately at the University of Kentucky.

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