Dwane Casey spent seven years as head coach of the Toronto Raptors, leading the club to a 320-238 record, four Atlantic Division titles and three straight 50-win seasons, including a franchise-record 59 this season. On Friday, the team announced it was parting ways with the 61-year-old following a third straight playoff loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Casey reached out to the Star with a message to the city and Raptors fans everywhere:
Thank you to basketball fans across this city and the country of Canada who supported the Raptors and welcomed my family with open arms during our seven years here. Thank you to all the fans who cheered us on at the Air Canada Centre while we built this program into a playoff contender, packed Jurassic Park even in the cold and rain, watched the games from home and offered their undying support as we traveled this road to relevancy together.
Thank you for teaching our all-American family the Canadian way. That being polite and considerate to one another is always the best way. That diversity is something to be embraced and celebrated. That taking the time to learn about each other’s cultures is the surest way to find common ground and understanding. Thank you for making our children feel safe, valued, and comfortable in their own skin. We cannot express how important it has been to build the foundations of who our children are as human beings in a country that shows through its words, actions and laws that all people deserve basic human rights, and a chance to reach their goals through education and hard work.