);
Toronto Raptors

Raptors' Kyle Lowry on dismissal of Dwane Casey: 'One of the best coaches I've ever had'

kyle-lowry-ftr-042918.jpg
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (Getty Images)

The Raptors decided to part ways with Dwane Casey on Friday, shocking NBA players and media members alike, as the longtime Toronto coach had just been named the Coach of the Year by his peers on Wednesday.

Upon hearing the news, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who has played the last six seasons under Casey, offered support for both his former head coach and Toronto's front office.

Via ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski:

Lowry was traded to the Raptors in 2012 after spending the first six seasons of his career with the Grizzlies (2006-09) and Rockets (2009-12). He became a four-time All-Star in Toronto, averaging 19.3 points, 6.7 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game from 2014-18.

Alongside DeMar DeRozan, Lowry has grown into a game-changing talent, leading the Raptors to five consecutive playoff berths, including an appearance in the 2016 Eastern Conference finals. Toronto earned the No. 1 seed in the East this past season, ultimately falling to the Cavaliers in the second round.

Lowry is under contract with the Raptors through the 2019-20 season. He will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020.

More from NBA.com

noah-dwight-082019-ftr-getty.jpg
Report: Lakers to work out Noah, Howard, Speights
Scott Rafferty
dwight-howard-081919-ftr-getty.jpg
Does Howard make sense for Lakers?
Scott Rafferty
Giannis-then_now-FTR.jpg
The evolution of Giannis Antetokounmpo
Gilbert McGregor
stevens-coachs-clipboard-ftr
How Stevens can get the most out of Kemba
Kyle Irving
demarcus-cousins-081919-ftr-getty.jpg
Expert medical opinion on DeMarcus Cousins
NBA.com Staff
Cam Reddish, Ja Morant, Zion Williamson, and RJ Barrett
Rookie Survey: Zion, Ja favourites to shine
John Schuhmann - NBA.com
More News