Casey picked as Pistons coach

Ross Houston
June 12, 2018

The Detroit Pistons have tapped the former head coach of the Toronto Raptors to be its next leader, according to ESPN.

After seven seasons at the helm, Casey was sacked by the Raptors in May despite leading Toronto to a franchise-best 59-23 record during the regular-season. Under Casey, the Raptors reached the Eastern Conference Finals during 2015-16 season, but away from that feat, his teams were swept three times in the postseason, including two years in a row by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In seven years with the organization, Casey posted an overall record of 320-238.

Casey replaces Stan Van Gundy, who was sacked last month after four seasons with the team. "He embodies our culture and will be a great representative for our franchise".

Casey, who is from Morganfield, Kentucky, played for the Wildcats and helped them win the 1978 NCAA title and began his coaching career the next year as a graduate assistant under Joe B. Hall.

The Raptors fired Casey, 61, last month despite the team making the playoffs for five straight seasons.

Prior to his appointment with Toronto, he served as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005-07. He later back to campus to work as an assistant for Eddie Sutton.

The Detroit Pistons have a new head coach, despite the fact the team doesn't have a general manager or team president. Among the reported candidates for those jobs are the current Nets executive Trajan Langdon, Stefanski's former Memphis Grizzlies colleague Tayshaun Prince and the broadcaster Brent Barry. The Pistons are still looking to hire someone to head basketball operation.

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