Nick Nurse to be Raptors' next coach

Adjust Comment Print

The Toronto Raptors didn't have to look far to name their next coach.

Assistant Nick Nurse will be promoted to take over as Toronto's new head coach, ESPN reported Wednesday (AEST), saying contract details were still being finalized.

Originally hired soon after Masai Ujiri took over as team president and general manager in the summer of 2013, Nurse was put in charge of Toronto's offence, which became one of the best in the National Basketball Association through the work of Casey, Nurse and the rest of the staff.

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.

Nurse, 50, has been coaching for 30 years, succeeding at every level along the way. He joined the Raptors organization in 2013 and has served as an assistant on the staff alongside Dwane Casey since then. He also won a pair of titles in the G League with two different teams and was coach of the year there, too.

Nurse, 50, replaces Dwane Casey who was sacked last month after the Raptors were swept in the conference semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won D-League Coach of the Year in 2011.

Casey was sacked last month and was hired by the Detroit Pistons on Monday. Casey was named the head coach of the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

Nurse coached in Europe for 11 years starting in 1996.