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Drbio
06-18-2003, 03:46 PM
TORONTO -- Kevin O'Neill, a former assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks, was introduced Wednesday as the new head coach of the Toronto Raptors.


O'Neill, 46, was the lead assistant to former Pistons coach Rick Carlisle the last two seasons. He also served as an assistant to Jeff Van Gundy in New York three years ago.


He replaces Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens, who left the Raptors ``by mutual agreement'' with one year remaining on his contract. The team is coming off a 24-58 season in which Wilkens set the league record for career losses.


Raptors star Vince Carter has said Wilkens' laid-back style wasn't effective.


O'Neill is known for his intense, in-your-face style. He was the head coach at Northwestern, Tennessee and Marquette, and had a career record of 190-197 at the college level


The Raptors were looking for a coach that would work for a low salary -- something around $1.6 million per year -- since the Raptors still owe money to Wilkens. With no previous NBA experience in a head job, O'Neill fit the bill.


O'Neill beat out Seattle assistant Dwane Casey and Milwaukee assistant Sam Mitchell.

mavsfanforever
06-18-2003, 04:02 PM
Originally posted by: Drbio
Raptors star Vince Carter has said Wilkens' laid-back style wasn't effective.


Look who is talking. I think more than anything if raptors can get rid of Carter they would be much better.

Mandyahl
06-18-2003, 04:19 PM
i was looking at a toronto board the other day, and they were discussing a carter for kobe trade as if it were a real possibility. it was awesome!

signoftimes
06-18-2003, 04:31 PM
they were discussing a carter for kobe trade as if it were a real possibility

Toronto has a stoopid trade thread also?

Dooby
06-18-2003, 04:40 PM
The Raptors were looking for a coach that would work for a low salary -- something around $1.6 million per year -- since the Raptors still owe money to Wilkens. With no previous NBA experience in a head job, O'Neill fit the bill.

How pathetic is this. For all his faults, thank the lord we have Mark Cuban.

one long blue sock
06-18-2003, 04:48 PM
Carter is probably gonna get traded to some place that needs fans to come, because thats all he's good at now.

signoftimes
06-18-2003, 04:54 PM
Carter is probably gonna get traded to some place that needs fans to come

New Jersey?

The Crippler
06-18-2003, 05:06 PM
O'Neill is a good coach and a good guy. I spoke with him a lot my sr. year of HS basketball.

OutletPass
06-18-2003, 05:07 PM
O'Neill beat out Seattle assistant Dwane Casey and Milwaukee assistant Sam Mitchell.

Boy, what a competition that must have been !

thank heavens for Cuban.