Dwane Casey Excited for NBA London Showdown

Dwane Casey on NBA London 2016

The Toronto Raptors head to London next week to face the Orlando Magic, and one man who’s more excited than most is Head Coach, Dwane Casey.

The former Mavericks Assistant has been Head Coach at the Air Canada Centre since 2011, but this will be his first trip to the British capital with the franchise, and he’s clearly embracing the chance to coach at the O2 Arena.

“Everybody is excited to see London. We are also excited to be able to share the Toronto Raptors brand around in England and in London.

“We’re excited about it, we’re not excited about playing Orlando, because they’re an excellent up and coming young team and it’s going to be a tough match for us. They’re an Eastern Conference foe. We had a game against them earlier (this season) they beat us by two or three points, it was a close game, they broke our winning-streak at the time.

“It’s a good match for us and we’re excited about being there playing the game and sharing the NBA and Raptors brand around the world”.

Dwane Casey is excited for NBA London 2016...

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Casey on a NBA Europe Franchise…

The Raptors Head Coach has even shown his support for a European franchise, an idea which has been batted around for several years within the league’s office – buoyed buy sell out games each year.

“If you can get the logistics to work then there are some great fans in Europe, all over Europe and Asia. So I think that the globally league is growing and has grown tremendously since I first came in the league in the ‘90s and I think it’s going to continue to grow” Casey Said.

“I think just getting the logistics worked out as far as getting a team there, I don’t see why not, I don’t foresee any stumbling blocks in the next 10 years for having a team there”.

NBA Sale

It’s not only Dwane Casey that’s looking forward to NBA London 2016. Take a look at what Orlando Magic centre, Nikola Vucevic had to say about the game…

Of course, adding another group of teams on the European continent would add a third conference to the league, improving the battle between the East and West – and one which Casey thinks has shifted toward the East coast.

“The offensive and defensive balance of each team in the Eastern Conference has grown. I think a lot of it is that many teams in the East have done an excellent job developing their own players.

“But now, those players have gotten better, they’ve grown and their health is at the top of the line in the Eastern Conference. So I think a lot of the internal growth of each team and of each program has gotten better in the Eastern Conference and finally those young players have grown up and established themselves.

“The team we’re playing in London, Orlando, is a prime example of that. Those young players have taken big steps and are improving as far as their level of play is concerned”.

NBA London will showcase two of the improving Eastern Conference teams, and one’s which could be providing competition to a UK based franchise in the future – even if it could still be a long way off.

The Orlando Magic host the Toronto Raptors at The O2 in London on Jan. 14 as part of NBA Global Games London 2016. The game is live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Showcase or via NBA LEAGUE PASS (www.nba.tv).

Luke Hatfield is the creator and editor of BouncyOrangeBall, with an extensive knowledge of the NBA and basketball in general.

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