Raptors hiring Nurse to replace Casey

13 Juin, 2018, 16:35 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

Nurse takes over a team that had an Eastern Conference-best 59 wins in the season just ended.

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

Nurse has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the Raptors under Casey.

On Tuesday, reports surfaced announcing the Raptors had settled on assistant coach Nick Nurse as their next head man. Casey was sacked after the Raptors were swept out of the second round of this year's playoffs by Cleveland.

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NICK Nurse spent nearly three decades paying his coaching dues, toiling with teams in Britain, Italy and Belgium, college basketball and the G League. Stackhouse had several other interviews in the past month, Kalamian has interviewed for outside positions before, and Nurse has been at the top of potential first-time hire lists for years now, so there's legitimate flight risk here.

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.

"I've learned a lot about preparation from him, the seriousness of attention to detail", Nurse told Canada's Sportsnet in February.

Nurse coached in Europe for 11 years starting in 1996.

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