After relieving Dwane Casey of his head coaching duties on Friday, Raptors president Masai Ujiri addressed the media in Toronto.
Ujiri said in his press conference that there was no tipping point in his decision and that Casey didn't do anything in particular wrong. He simply believed that it was "time for this to happen."
Ujiri also admitted that parting ways with Casey was the hardest thing he's done in his life.
"What an unbelievable human being. It's the hardest thing I've done in my life." - Ujiri said of Casey "I've never met anybody that classy in my life. … I don't know if I'll work with a better person."- (((Eric Koreen))) (@ekoreen) May 11, 2018
The Raptors won a franchise-record 59 games during the regular season and entered the playoffs with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. They defeated the Wizards in six games in the first round before losing to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in four games in the second round. It's the third consecutive season the Raptors have lost to the Cavaliers in the playoffs.
Casey was named the Coach of the Year by his peers on Wednesday for how he transformed the Raptors this season. Ujiri hopes Casey will be named Coach of the Year at the NBA's end of season awards, too.
You can watch the entire press conference below: