Coach Casey won't quit on Raptors

Raptors coach Dwane Casey has been under heat early this season. (REUTERS)

Raptors coach Dwane Casey has been under heat early this season. (REUTERS)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:06 AM ET

TORONTO - Fairly or not, Dwane Casey knows the spotlight is trained on him at the moment.

After a season where he took the city by storm, seeming to do no wrong in morphing the Raptors from a perennial defensive abomination to one of the league’s best groups at that end, Casey’s stock was high enough that picking up his option for 2013-14 was a no-brainer.

The future looked bright. President/general manager Bryan Colangelo (and Casey himself, though he took a more cautious approach) talked of a major step forward being on the horizon for 2012-13.

Instead, following the toughest 22-game schedule in the league, the Raptors sit 4-18 and Casey, Colangelo, Andrea Bargnani and just about everyone else are feeling the temperature rise while sitting uncomfortably on the Hogtown hot seat.


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