Fear not, weary Raptors fans. Even with Dwane Casey’s All-Star coaching job in jeopardy following the Raptors’ recent death spiral, the franchise will be represented on the sidelines in New Orleans two-plus weeks from now. Raptors 905 boss man Jerry Stackhouse has been named as the head coach of the D-League’s Eastern Conference All-Stars.
Stack’s first season as a pro head coach has gone tremendously well. At 21-7, the 905 pace the East by three games with an impressive 21-7 record — a mark buoyed by wins in the team’s last nine games.
It stands out that Stackhouse has succeed without much mercenary help from the big club. Unlike last year’s 905 team that received regular contributions from NBA-worthy assignments like Lucas Nogueira and Norman Powell, injuries on the big club have resulted in just 36 total games being played by guys on Toronto’s 15-man roster so far. Fred VanVleet and Bruno Caboclo account for 31 of those appearances.
The D-League All-Star Game will serve as an amuse-bouche ahead of All-Star Saturday Night, with the two conference’s top players squaring off a 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday February 18th. Instead of Four Korners ruining everybody’s fun, the halftime show will consist of the final rounds of the D-League Dunk and Three Point Contests.
Which players Stackhouse will be in charge of has yet to be announced, although Bruno should be there based on his cornrows alone.