During his seven-year tenure as head coach of the Toronto Raptors, Dwane Casey made an immeasurable positive impact on the franchise as well as the community.
The Raptors honoured Casey and his contributions with a tribute video that aired in the first quarter of Wednesday night's game.
The @Raptors welcome Dwane Casey back with a standing ovation in his return to Toronto! pic.twitter.com/3yqj5HWs9c- NBA (@NBA) November 15, 2018
The fans' appreciation for his time was on full display throughout the night at Scotiabank Arena, including when Casey was introduced as the head coach of the Detroit Pistons. It is his first trip to Toronto since being relieved of his head coaching duties with the Raptors in the 2018 offseason.
Standing O for Casey. pic.twitter.com/cIkClHaq9e- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) November 15, 2018
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Casey's 320 wins with the Raptors make him the winningest coach in franchise history, and last season's 59 wins were also a franchise high. He led the team to five postseason appearances and four series wins, including the historic run in 2016 that resulted in Toronto's first and only Eastern Conference Finals appearance.
More important than wins and losses were Casey's influence on the franchise's culture as well as the mutual embrace between him and the Toronto community.
Through his first 13 games as Detroit's head coach, Casey has led the team to a 7-6 record after beginning the season 4-0.
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Despite the early season bumps, based on his years spent as head coach of the Raptors, it's only a matter of time before Casey turns things around with the Pistons.