Adam Silver: 'No discussion' for Toronto's Dwane Casey to coach East
Toronto's head coach Dwane Casey has led his Raptors to an impressive 30-15 record. That's good enough for second-best in the Eastern Conference, but not to coach the All-Star game.
NBA Commish Adam Silver talks Luke Walton possibility for West, says no discussion of Toronto's Dwane Casey for East https://t.co/cMOhbJTXRY— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) January 28, 2016
It's an unusual circumstance this year for coaching in the East. The former coach of the first place team, David Blatt, was recently fired as head coach of the Cavaliers. Despite Toronto's second-place record, in a report via USA Today Sports NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Casey was never considered as a candidate to coach in the 2016 All-Star Game.
Here's Silver's full explanation as to why the Raptors' head coach never had a chance to be the Eastern Conference All-Star head coach:
“In the East, the team with the best record and the coach of that team, according to our rules, the All-Star coach. In this case, it’s Ty Lue, and he’s the coach. Remember, he was the associate head coach of the team, and every head coach in this league will tell you it’s not just him or her, it’s their entire staff, and that’s how rules work…
There was no discussion about Dwane Casey becoming the coach of the East."
Because Lue has only been coach for less than a week, many speculated Casey would receive an offer to coach the East instead. The game has special meaning for Casey, considering it will be played in his homecourt Air Canada Centre.
In the same report, Silver discussed his fearlessness to reform the league. That extended all the way to how the All-Star game rosters are decided, as he claimed social media campaigns became "mildly disruptive" to the balloting system.
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