Toronto assistant Nick Nurse promoted Raptors head coach, says source

Paola Ditto
Giugno 13, 2018

The Toronto Raptors had the best regular season in franchise history this year, but after LeBron dealt them yet another postseason beatdown, the franchise elected to fire coach Dwane Casey.

Nurse has agreed to become the next coach of the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the hire told The Associated Press on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).

Earlier this week there were reports that Ujiri & Co. had narrowed their list down to two candidates: San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, and Nurse. He won D-League Coach of the Year in 2011.

Nurse, 50, has been coaching for 30 years, succeeding at every level along the way.

Lewenberg noted that if the Raptors passed on Nurse as head coach, they risked losing him altogether as he finished atop a Yahoo poll from early April among executives that tabbed him as the top head coaching prospect among National Basketball Association assistants.

In charge of the Raptors' offence, Nurse played a pivotal role in successfully reinventing the way the team played last season.

Casey was named head coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy, on Monday. He spent more than a decade in Europe, was an assistant coach for Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, is a past G League coach of the year and coached Rio Grande to that league's title in 2013. "I know where we started".

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