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Dwane Casey says first game back in Raptors arena will be emotional

Dwane Casey

After being unceremoniously fired by the Toronto Raptors over the summer, Dwane Casey admits that it will be an emotional return for him to Toronto on his first game back as the new head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

Speaking to Dave Feschuk of The Star, Casey was very candid about his November 14 return to the arena which he called home for a good seven years.

“It’ll be emotional,” Casey said. “It’ll be good to see friends, see people you haven’t seen in a while. I’m sure it’ll be different to be on the other end (of the arena), although I’ve been there before as an assistant. But it’ll be good. It’s nothing but good. All good, all the time.”

Dwane Casey went on to say that he holds no ill will against the Raptors organization. He has moved on and has chosen to focus on the positive aspects of his tenure, as opposed to thinking about how things went sour towards the end of his time with the team.

“I haven’t spent a minute (thinking), ‘Whoa, I wish I was back in Toronto’ or ‘They did me wrong,’” he added. “Because there’s so many great things going on here that I’m excited about. I’m in a good spot. I landed well here.”

Casey will have his hands full with the Pistons this coming season. The 61-year-old will need to mastermind a very tricky transition period for the team which now has a new cornerstone star in Blake Griffin. Nonetheless, if anybody could do it, it would be the reigning Coach of the Year himself.