Raptors pick assistant Nick Nurse as new head coach

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2018

The chance he's long coveted has finally arrived.

Nurse, 50, joined the franchise five years ago and was a longtime assistant under former Raptors coach Dwane Casey.

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. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Raptors are hiring current Raptors assistant Nick Nurse as their new coach. Casey was sacked after the Raptors were swept out of the second round of this year's playoffs by Cleveland.

Nurse has been an assistant with Toronto since the 2013 season.


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.

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Nurse was 23 when he became head coach of Grand View College, making him the youngest college basketball coach in the U.S.

How will Nick Nurse help the Raptors in 2018-19? "He's been around the league a long time and he's seen it all". We have to prepare the players and can't leave any stone unturned. Nurse would probably have to be considered the front-runner of the group, given his track record and how the offense shifted and held up in the playoffs, but it's always hard to ascribe credit and blame across a coaching staff.

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