Title: Exploring potential head coaching candidates for the Raptors
Date: May 11, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I cast a very wide net to look at potential head coaching candidates for the Raptors.
The Toronto Raptors have moved on from head coach Dwane Casey, relieving him of his duties on Friday. Raptors president Masai Ujiri gave little away at a press conference on Friday in terms of what he may be looking for, noting only that he’ll cast a wide net. As he should. The Raptors need to narrow their focus to the more granular aspects of winning — opponent-specific tactics, on-the-fly in-game adjustments, end-of-quarter execution, and so on — now that their foundation is firmly established, and their next head coach will be charged with taking that on.
Like Ujiri, we cast a wide net for potential options on Friday. What follows is a look at the candidates suggested by readers.
This is probably the hardest issue to navigate for Ujiri, as hiring or not hiring one of these names could make for an awkward transition or a downright departure. Ideally, even an outside candidate would maintain some of the staff to keep a semblance of continuity and familiarity, and the Raptors have one of the deeper assistant staffs in the league for a new coach to work with. They also have at least three good candidates for promotion.