Frank or Casey next Raptors coach?
Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo would not comment
Thursday on a report he has narrowed the team’s coaching search down to
Boston’s Lawrence Frank and Dwane Casey of the Mavericks.
With good reason, it seems. Late in the day, a new wrinkle came about
when ESPN reported Oklahoma City assistant Mo Cheeks was also in the
With more proven candidates like Jeff Van Gundy, Rick Adelman and Jerry Sloan massive longshots from the start, Frank and Casey always made the most sense, but Cheeks flew under the radar.
Like Frank and Casey, Cheeks fits the bill of what Colangelo is looking for. A defensive-minded veteran with a track record and league-wide respect.
Cheeks has gone 284-286 as coach of the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers.
Casey, 54, has — along with the arrival of Tyson Chandler and others — helped turn around Dallas’ defence. He coached Minnesota to a 53-69 record as its head coach and also spent a number of seasons as Nate McMillan’s associate head coach in Seattle.
Seattle went an excellent 212-173 with Casey as its associate coach.
Frank, 41, has studied under coaches like Doc Rivers, Byron Scott, Bob Knight and former Raptors coach Kevin O’Neill.
Frank started his coaching career with New Jersey with an NBA record 13 wins in a row and went 225-241 there, leading the team to three playoff appearances, including a series victory over the Raptors in which he out-coached Sam Mitchell and the Raptors, who had homecourt advantage.