Earlier this year, the Raptors celebrated their 300th win under Casey, who also helped pave the way to their first-place finish in the Eastern Conference. In seven years with the organization, Casey posted an overall record of 320-238.
Pistons owner Tom Gores had virtually cleaned house, by parting ways with Van Gundy shortly after the end of the regular season and then with general manager Jeff Bower, giving this front office a completely different look, and determined to separate coaching from basketball operation.
The Detroit Pistons have hired Dwane Casey as their new coach. The club was connected to Casey early in their interview process, with University of MI head coach John Beilein also in the mix for the job.
"I am excited and honored to join the Detroit Pistons, a franchise with a championship history and a roster that is ready to win now", Mr. Casey said.
Those expectations won't change as he assumes the Detroit Pistons head coaching job, taking over a team that hasn't reached the playoffs the past two seasons and has qualified for the postseason only once in nine years. Last month, he was named the Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coaches Association. He also has experience in the league as an assistant with Dallas and Seattle. He later back to campus to work as an assistant for Eddie Sutton. But Toronto couldn't get past Cleveland, losing to LeBron James and the Cavs in each of the past three playoffs.