Casey, who coached in Toronto for seven seasons, led the Raptors to a franchise-record 59 wins in 2017-18 and the staff earned the highest seed within the Japanese Convention playoffs. However, after topping the Wizards in six video games of their opening sequence, the Raptors have been non-competitive within the second spherical, falling to Cleveland in a sweep.
Toronto dismissed Casey, who posted a 320-238 report and made 5 playoff appearances throughout his time with the Raptors, on Friday.
D’Antoni addressed Casey’s firing when he spoke with reporters this week.
“I am not criticizing anybody, everyone has their causes for making choices,” D’Antoni mentioned. “It is simply the character of the enterprise, nevertheless it’s form of laughable.”
D’Antoni mentioned he thinks Casey, who gained the 2017-18 NBCA Coach of the 12 months Award, will “discover one other spot” within the NBA.
“I believe all coaches are numb to that. You get Coach of the 12 months. You’ve got the most effective (common season) the franchise has ever had. You get fired. It is like actually?” D’Antoni mentioned. “He’s elegant and good and he is one of many higher coaches within the league.”
The Rockets will face the Warriors in Sport 1 of the Western Convention Finals on Monday at 9 p.m. ET.