Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Toronto Raptors to promote assistant Nick Nurse to head coach

The Toronto Raptors have settled on assistant coach Nick Nurse as their new head coach, according to ESPN.

Nurse, 50, replaces Dwane Casey who was sacked last month after the Raptors were swept in the conference semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wojnarowski reports that Nurse accepted the job on Tuesday morning.

At this point, we've discussed all of the options to a pretty significant depth, so there's not much point in re-hashing them here until the move is reported to be done. Nurse will be judged on his ability to guide Toronto deeper into the postseason before its core passes its prime.

Nurse came to Toronto fresh off of a NBA Development League championship with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and also won a league championship with Iowa, a D-League coach of the year award and worked extensively in Britain.

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Nurse coached in Europe for 11 years starting in 1996.

Nurse helped revamp the Raptors' offense, diversifying it with the goal of more playoff success.

The short version of that: Hiring internally is unsexy, but most signals point to Nurse being a legitimately good candidate as an National Basketball Association head coach.

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