Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

The chance he's long coveted has finally arrived. He was a student assistant at UNI for one year, was head coach at Grand View, then coached for 12 seasons in the British Basketball League.

The Toronto Raptors have announced that former assistant coach Nick Nurse will take over head coaching duties, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. He joined the Raptors organization in 2013 and has served as an assistant on the staff alongside Dwane Casey since then. Stackhouse had several other interviews in the past month, Kalamian has interviewed for outside positions before, and Nurse has been at the top of potential first-time hire lists for years now, so there's legitimate flight risk here.

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Nurse is widely credited with successfully installing the Raptors' new offensive system this season.

"I've learned a lot about preparation from him, the seriousness of attention to detail", Nurse told Canada's Sportsnet in February. That's the biggest thing. "We have to know everything the other team is doing and really work hard and grind it out". 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. He also won a pair of titles in the G League with two different teams and was coach of the year there, too.

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