First of all, I think we should all put aside the critiques of this almost unprecedented (shoutout George Karl) and dumbfounding decision and take a second to appreciate how much drama this adds to the NBA Awards. The Association has undoubtedly become a bit of a soap opera, and this storyline serves as the perfect season finale. Watching a man take the stage to receive an award for unmatched excellence in the job he was recently dismissed from is such a ridiculous concept that, if not for watching what LeBron did to the Toronto Raptors, you would assume the only way it was unscripted would be if it were improv'd into the plot of a Seinfeld episode. I would say that Dwane Casey having another job by the time late June rolls around could subtract from the absurdity of the moment, but him accepting an award that was voted on by the person he could potentially be replacing adds a whole different laughable angle. No matter what happens between now and June 25th, we are getting treated to a real life Larry David moment and, with all due respect to a the Coach Of The Year, I can't possible curb my enthusiasm.
Now, did Dwane Casey deserve to be fired? Almost definitely not. He took what wasn't working for a perennial playoff team and altered it in a way that allowed them to finish atop their conference. Whether it was the prioritization of ball movement or increasing the involvement of his bench, the Raptors' coach did a hell of a job preparing them to make this postseason different than those of the past.
Unfortunately, the same old LeBron James came along and, with a cast of characters that are such a handicap that they might as well just be names penned over hard plastic, showed no absolutely mercy in serving as the roadblock that ultimately caused the most drastic of organizational detours. The truth is that it's far from the first time he's done so, but - considering the circumstances - it's for sure the funniest. It's yet to be seen if the Coach Of The Year is even a coach for the second half of the calendar year, and it's all because the most dominant basketball player of all time (don't @ me) tortured his (now former) team like one might mess with a bug found in a sink.
Unless the Toronto Raptors are negotiations with a basketball mind who is also a licensed practitioner of both psychiatry and exorcism, I can't see anyone replacing Dwane Casey that does a better job getting the most out of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan when they are faced with the demon that has defined both their professional careers. Therefore, I cant help but think LeBron made an NBA franchise look so stupid that they felt it necessary to act accordingly. If that alone doesn't tell you the level of greatness we are witnessing - in its source's 15th f'n season, no less - than no amount of intentionally difficult fall away jumpers and off-balance buzzer-beaters will.