Dwane Casey more comfortable facing former team

You can bet that it wasn't the easiest thing for Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey to watch the Toronto Raptors win the NBA title last season.

After all, Casey had been fired by the Raptors in 2018 after seven years as their head coach despite helping them turn into an Eastern Conference contender. Last season, he and the Pistons defeated Toronto all three games they played.

This time around, however, he's a bit more comfortable coaching against his old squad.

“It’s less weird; you get used to it and (changing teams) is part of the NBA,” Casey said Wednesday before the Pistons played the Raptors at ScotiaBank Arena. “I’m so proud of the team from last year and how they came out and won the championship. Seeing the banner up there was beautiful for the team, the org and for the country.”

Casey reiterated that there aren't any negative lingering feelings between the two sides.

“It irks me when I read the narrative that Dwane is salty. I can’t say anything right. If I say we got better every year, (it's) ‘He’s salty.' (If I say) we developed those guys, (it's) ‘he’s salty. Dwane Casey is not salty at all. I’m happy for everybody here and for the organization.”