With the win over the Lakers on Sunday night the Toronto Raptors secured the team’s third representative at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, head coach Dwane Casey.
The Raptors came close in the previous two 50+ win seasons and it took a franchise record setting first half for the team to land the honor for their coach this year.
“It’s been three years in a row we’ve had a chance to do it and we finally did it,” exclaimed Raptors four-time All-Star Kyle Lowry. “It’s pretty special for a guy that’s come from where he’s come from and worked so hard. A team that was supposed to blow it up a couple of years ago and now we’re here.”
Casey, ever focused on “the program” and player development deflected the praise to management, ownership and the players, but he should be proud of how far he’s brought a team of predominately young players so far so fast.
“To put a light on our program and (let everyone) see what we are doing is the most important thing,” Casey said. “It’s also for the players. They have done something to this point (in the season.) It’s an honor for the program.”
The Raptors will be in no lower than second place in the East when the decision about who will coach in the All-Star Game is made. Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens (currently one game ahead of the Raptors) coached the All-Star Game last year and is ineligible this season.