Despite largely similar personnel to last season, especially at the top, coach Dwane Casey was able to overhaul the Raptors' offense as they moved from sixth to third while also improving from tenth to fifth on defense.
But it wasn't until Ujiri took to the podium after his coach that it became clear that the Raptors are not pleased to have become a punch line in recent days. Their 59-win campaign during this regular season was the organization's highest win total in its 23-year history.
"All of my success, I have to credit Casey", DeRozan said.
Dallas Mavericks head coach and NBCA President Rick Carlisle released the following statement today regarding Casey's award.
Following a 2017 sweep to the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, General Manager Masai Ujiri announced the team needed a "culture reset". "Hey, there's only one team, one team in the National Basketball Association is going to win the National Basketball Association championship and 29 teams are going to be not winners and 29 teams are going to be disappointed and we're one of them". "No matter what, I'm always going to have the utmost respect when it comes to coach Casey".
"We are absolutely disappointed with the ending of the season", Ujiri said. Now it appears that the end result will be Dwane Casey losing his job as Raptors' head coach. "We will get better here". Just as the Mark Price-Brad Daughter-led Cavs of my youth were the unfortunate pincushion of some guy named Michael Jordan and "The Shot", Cleveland is now taking out their 29-year demons on the little red dinosaurs from another country's largest city. "He's one of the best coaches I've had". Casey won plaudits throughout the season for overseeing a dramatic change in the Raptors' playing style, which emphasized a faster pace, more passing and a greater reliance on 3-point shooting.
"But we believe in what we're doing here, honestly", Ujiri said.