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Former coach Dwane Casey says it was ‘exciting’ to see Raptors win title

Dwane Casey, Kyle Lowry

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, left, and guard Kyle Lowry (7) chat on the sideline during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Dwane Casey had nothing but positive things to say about the fact that his former team just won the NBA title.

Casey coached the Toronto Raptors for seven seasons but was fired last offseason - even though he’d just guided the Raptors to a team-record 59 wins and would eventually win coach of the year honors. Nick Nurse took over, and Toronto won its first championship this month.

“It was exciting. It was good to see,” said Casey, now the coach of the Detroit Pistons. “To see a guy like Kyle Lowry, kid like Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and those guys - Serge Ibaka, guys I coached - win. It was really thrilling, because I know that was a goal going in with that group, and to see them win it was great.”

Casey was at the Pistons’ practice facility Friday, when they introduced first-round draft pick Sekou Doumbouya. When asked about the Raptors, he also said he was happy for the fans in a city Casey grew to love during his time there.

“For that city to win a championship, it had to be thrilling for them,” Casey said.