Raptors ex-coach Dwane Casey to lead Pistons

Dwane Casey

Dwane Casey

The team had reportedly narrowed down its search between Casey and John Beillin of the University of MI last week. In our meetings he displayed great insight into what this roster can accomplish, and great passion about our city and the team's role in bringing people together.

This led to Casey getting fired, even after being awarded Coach of the Year by his peers.

Detroit is rebuilding its franchise, hiring both Stefanski and now Casey to replace former team president and coach Stan Van Gundy.

Casey himself was sacked from the Raptors after the Cavaliers swept them in the Eastern Conference playoffs after seven seasons in Toronto. He posted a 320-238 record in seven seasons and is the franchise's winningest coach.

The Pistons hired the National Basketball Association coach of the year finalist Monday, hoping he can help the three-time National Basketball Association championship franchise regularly reach the postseason and eventually compete again for titles.

"I'm confident that this team has the pieces in place to compete at a very high level", Casey said. Casey also coached the Timberwolves from 2005-07, where he amassed a 53-69 record.

Dwane Casey is the Pistons' new coach, the team announced Monday. He led Toronto to four Atlantic Division titles in five years, and three consecutive 50-win seasons. He posted a record of 152-176 overall in his four seasons in Detroit, guiding the Pistons to the playoffs only in 2015-16, when they lost in the first round. He also has experience in the league as an assistant with Dallas and Seattle. In the summer of 1998, he helped to guide Japan to its first appearance in the FIBA World Championship, which marked a first for Japan in over 30 years. He and his wife, Brenda, have a daughter, Justine and a son, Zachary.

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