Raptors reportedly 'leading towards' firing Dwane Casey

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"We're evaluating everything and that's how we're going to leave it", Ujiri said. "It's my responsibility as a leader to do that and we'll go from there".

Being recognized as the best coach in the league this season by his National Basketball Association peers might not be enough to stop Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey from losing his job. If he were indeed fired, it would be a rarity that a coach has earned that award the same year that he's given his walking papers. The award, named for longtime NBCA executive director Michael H. Goldberg, is voted on only by the league's head coaches. The distinction is voted on by the recipients' fellow coaches and is separate from the NBA's Coach of the Year award, which is determined by media members.

"We were emotionally drunk after Game 1 and Game 3", Casey said.

"I've been able to be who I've become with him" Lowry added. "Until they do, I'm still here, fighting, scratching, meeting with players, and that's all I can do", Casey said. That's all I can do.

"They haven't changed my key lock".

Casey is also regarded as a top contender for the N.B.A.'s Coach of the Year award and, according to the people with knowledge of the voting for the N.B.C.A. award, was one of just eight coaches to receive votes in the balloting. This season, Casey led Toronto to a franchise record 59 wins and the Eastern Conference's top seed.

Ujiri said he plans to look at the roster and team as a whole and make assessments as to the future of it.

"If they want us to break this up and start over, you might get fined for using this word "tanking", but no, we're not doing that here", Ujiri said. "You get to that point where you're standing firm through everything and you feel like you can't get knocked down again, and you realize you do get knocked back down again".

Seven coaches aside from Casey received at least one vote: Brett Brown, Mike D'Antoni, Nate McMillan, Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, Quin Snyder and Terry Stotts.