With a victory to kick off the month of April, the Toronto Raptors banked their 43rd win of the season and Dwane Casey recorded his 100th win as the Raptors head coach, although shaking off the recognition in the post game presser.
Among seven prior Raptors head coaches, Casey is only the third in franchise history to hit the 100 mark on the victory ladder.
Casey trails long time NBA presence Lenny Wilkens who served as the Raptors head coach from 2000-2003. He claimed 113 wins over his three seasons with the organization, contributing to two postseason stints. He sits second in all-time coaching victories in NBA history with 1,332.
“Show people how to have success and then you can push their expectations up.” - Lenny Wilkens
Sam Mitchell continues to lead the victory list with 156 wins as the longest standing coach over his five seasons in Toronto. He is also the only Toronto coach to receive NBA Coach of the Year honours which were his during the ’07/’08 season; the last time the Raptors saw the playoffs.
“I don’t understand why everyone thinks being a coach in a professional sports league is an easy job. You guys think you can do my job? Come to the next practice and I’ll give you my whistle” – Sam Mitchell
Casey, Wilkens and Mitchell are also the only coaches in franchise history to receive NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honours.
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” – John Wooden