Sunday, 15 July, 2018


The Raptors Have Found Their Next Head Coach

Nick nurse raptors Reports: Raptors to name Nurse head coach
Noah Ferguson | 13 June, 2018, 18:17

The chance he's long coveted has finally arrived.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors are hiring assistant coach Nick Nurse to replace Dwane Casey, who was sacked just over a month ago. Nurse emphasized more man and ball movement as well as outside shooting, helping the team go from last in assists the year before to sixth in 2017-18.

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 29, 2016.

Nurse, 50, replaces Dwane Casey who was sacked last month after the Raptors were swept in the conference semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. ESPN first reported the hiring. Yesterday afternoon it was announced that Casey had agreed to a five-year deal to become the new head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

The move seems to suggest there will be at least some continuity between what the Raptors have been doing and what they'll do on his watch. The Raptors always raved about Casey's work ethic, and Nurse took note.

The short version of that: Hiring internally is unsexy, but most signals point to Nurse being a legitimately good candidate as an National Basketball Association head coach. "He's been around the league a long time and he's seen it all".

Nurse, 50, has been coaching for 30 years, succeeding at every level along the way. He was also named D-League Coach of the Year in 2011.

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