Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey believes LeBron James’s comments about playing against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals were disrespectful, reports TSN.
James, whose Cavaliers are two wins from advancing, said Wednesday that playing against former teammate Dwyane Wade in the next round is on his mind.
“I think naturally of course. That’s since I’ve came back [to Cleveland],” James said. “It’d be great to play against those guys in the postseason. Throughout my whole career, I’ve always wanted to go against [Dwyane] Wade in a playoff series.”
Casey was not particularly fond of James’s comments because in order for the Cavs’ star to get his wish, it would mean Casey’s Raptors would lose their conference semifinals series against the Heat.
“Nobody respects us, everybody has written us off and that’s fine,” Casey said. “Hopefully our guys take that to heart and take offense to it.”
The Heat lead the Raptors 1–0 ahead of Game 2 on Thursday night in Toronto.