Nick Nurse spent nearly three a long time paying his teaching dues, toiling with groups in Britain, Italy and Belgium, school basketball and the G League.
The possibility he’s lengthy coveted has lastly arrived.
Nurse has agreed to turn into the following coach of the Toronto Raptors, an individual with direct information of the rent informed The Related Press on Tuesday. Nurse might be changing his former boss, Dwane Casey — underneath whom he spent the previous 5 seasons as a Raptors assistant. Casey was fired after the Raptors had been swept out of the second spherical of this 12 months’s playoffs by Cleveland.
Nurse and the Raptors had been finishing contract phrases Tuesday, in line with the one that spoke to AP on situation of anonymity as a result of the settlement had not been introduced. ESPN first reported the hiring.
The transfer appears to counsel there might be not less than some continuity between what the Raptors have been doing and what they’ll do on his watch. Toronto went 59-23 this season, the most effective file within the Jap Convention and second-best file within the NBA behind solely Houston — and Nurse was in control of the offense, led by All-Star guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
The choice comes a month after Casey was let go and at some point after he was employed by the Detroit Pistons as their new coach. The Raptors all the time raved about Casey’s work ethic, and Nurse took observe.
“I’ve discovered rather a lot about preparation from him, the seriousness of consideration to element,” Nurse informed Canada’s Sportsnet in February. “He’s been across the league a very long time and he’s seen all of it. That’s the largest factor. We’ve got to organize the gamers and might’t depart any stone unturned. We’ve got to know the whole lot the opposite staff is doing and actually work laborious and grind it out.”
Nurse graduated from Northern Iowa and bought his first head teaching place at Grand View Faculty when he was solely 23 — some 27 years in the past. He spent greater than a decade in Europe, was an assistant coach for Britain on the 2012 London Olympics, is a previous G League coach of the 12 months and coached Rio Grande to that league’s title in 2013.