Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Until now?
Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey has had his name floated many times in recent years for head coaching positions, but he's never been able to seal the deal. Most recently, the Golden State Warriors elected to hire Mark Jackson after giving Casey consideration.
Casey's luck could change in the near future. ESPN.com reports that Casey could be at the front of the line to take over as head coach of the Toronto Raptors.
Mavs assistant coach Dwane Casey has emerged as the clear favorite for Raptors' job and is on course to be hired next week. Raps had narrowed search to Casey and Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank but have zeroed in on Casey after interviewing both men this week.Former Raptors coach Jay Triano was shifted into a consulting role by GM Bryan Colangelo a few weeks back.
According to recent odds from Bodog.com, the Raptors have the worst chance to win the 2012 NBA title in the entire league at 150:1 odds. Poaching from the coaching staff of the 2011 champions, then, makes a lot of sense.
Going from first to worst would seem like a rough transition, but Casey has dealt with struggling teams in the past. His only head coaching experience came in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, with the Minnesota Timberwolves, when he went 53-69.
In Toronto, Casey would inherit a mish-mashed roster with some young talent that has yet to fully form and has struggled mightily on the defensive end. With young pieces like DeMar DeRozan, Ed Davis, Jerryd Bayless and whoever the team takes with the No. 5 pick in next week's draft, though, the Raptors have potential. A solid, smart, dedicated coach with a ring could help accelerate that ascent.