Seven seasons, 320 wins, multiple franchise records and a controversial firing later, former Raptors bench boss Dwane Casey was back in Toronto for the first time as an opposing coach.
It rained applause for the winningest coach in franchise history before the man of the hour stepped onto the court for a brief moment to acknowledge the appreciative fans.
After leaving his assistant post with the Dallas Mavericks to take the reins in Toronto in 2011, Casey guided the team through a couple of losing seasons before the momentous turnaround began.
He was also named NBA Coach Of the Year last season, but he couldn’t overcome a third straight embarrassing playoff defeat at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and was relieved of his duties last June.
The 61-year-old often talked about how much he loved living in Canada, and prior to the game Wednesday had some more kind words for the country he and his family embraced as their own.
Luckily for Casey, his wife Brenda and their two children, Detroit is only a hop, skip and jump away from Canadian soil.
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