The ugly history of Raptors coaches – The Athletic


From the book We the North: 25 Years of the Toronto Raptors, by Doug Smith.​ Copyright © 2020 by Bryan Hoch. Published by Viking Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. All rights reserved.

Long before Nick Nurse was a Coach of the Year and had his assistants plucked by other teams, and long before Dwane Casey helped stabilize the franchise by building a cultural foundation, the Toronto Raptors’ head coach position was a morbid carousel of short stints. Over the franchise’s first 16 seasons, seven different men held the title, not a single one of whom posted an overall winning record.

In his new book detailing the 25-year history of the franchise, Toronto Star reporter Doug Smith sets aside a chapter to honour the early years (or decades) of characters at the helm of the team.

After Wilkens, things got even weirder. The Raptors hired Kevin O’Neill. We still have no idea why he was the choice, but the story…