Raptors hiring Nurse to replace Casey

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

The Raptors also interviewed San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina and Lithuanian Basketball League coach Sarunas Jasikevicius for the head coaching job, according to Sports Illustrated.

The Toronto Raptors will name assistant Nick Nurse as their next head coach, ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.


In charge of the Raptors' offence, Nurse played a pivotal role in successfully reinventing the way the team played last season. Nurse has six seasons of head-coaching experience in the National Basketball Association G League, where he won two championships and a coach of the year award.

After a stint as an assistant for the Dallas Mavericks, Casey took over as Raptors' coach from Jay Triano to start the 2011-12 season. He is the franchise's all-time leader in wins, winning percentage, games coached and playoff games coached (51).

One month into their coaching search, Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors may have neared a decision on who will be the team's next head coach. "I know where we started".

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