By Dave Feschuk Sports Columnist Thu., June 14, 2018 From the moment Dwane Casey was fired after seven years as Raptors coach, Nick Nurse was one of the favourites to be named Casey’s successor. On Thursday, when Nurse was finally introduced as such, 35 days had passed. “A long month,” Nurse said. To help bide the time during Raptors president Masai Ujiri’s dance-a-thon with due diligence, Toronto’s head coach in waiting (and waiting) took a trip to England with his son, Noah, an excursion that included a Rolling Stones concert at aptly named Old Trafford. While Ujiri hemmed and hawed — ultimately narrowing the field to a two-man race between Nurse and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina that came “down to the wire,” to use Ujiri’s phrase — Nurse communed with geriatric rock. “It takes a second to get used to (how the Rolling Stones) look a little different, seriously,” the … [Read more...] about Raptors pass the rock to ‘innovative’ Nick Nurse
By Star staff Thu., June 14, 2018 The Toronto Raptors are officially announcing their new head coach Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre. Nick Nurse takes over as the franchise’s ninth head coach after the Raptors fired Dwane Casey last month following the Raptors elimination at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third straight season. Nurse agreed to a three-year, $10 million deal, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who was also the first to report the news that the Raptors were promoting their assistant coach to the head job. Nurse first joined the Raptors in 2013 as an assistant in charge of the team’s offence under Casey. Nurse, an Iowa native, is a veteran coach who has worked in myriad organizations. He was a two-time coach of the year in the British Basketball League and was involved with the British national team program. Article Continued Below Before landing in Toronto, Nurse spent six … [Read more...] about Raptors to introduce new head coach Nick Nurse today
Toronto assistant Nick Nurse to coach Raptors, says source Tim Reynolds (Associated Press) - June 13, 2018 - 10:14am Nick Nurse spent almost three decades paying his coaching dues, toiling with teams in Britain, Italy and Belgium, college basketball and the G League. The chance he's long coveted has finally arrived. Nurse has agreed to become the next coach of the Toronto Raptors, a person with direct knowledge of the hire told The Associated Press on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time). Nurse will be replacing his former boss, Dwane Casey — under whom he spent the past five seasons as a Raptors assistant. Casey was fired after the Raptors were swept out of the second round of this year's playoffs by Cleveland. https://sja.sportradar.com/w/Philstar Global/3433-43374/393100 Nurse and the Raptors were completing contract terms Wednesday, according to the person who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement had … [Read more...] about Toronto assistant Nick Nurse to coach Raptors, says source
By Dave Feschuk Sports Columnist Tues., June 12, 2018 You can say one thing for sure about the first coaching change of Masai Ujiri’s five-year run atop the Raptors: It was not a bloodless transfer of power, nor a friendly one. On Monday, Dwane Casey was hired as coach of the Detroit Pistons, one month to the day he was fired by the Raptors after seven mostly magical years in Toronto. On Tuesday, Nick Nurse emerged as Ujiri’s choice to replace Casey. And as those significant life events were unfolding, it’s safe to say the two men were not toasting each other’s good fortune with champagne and congratulatory repartee. Forget their five largely successful years together on the Raptors bench. Forget that it was Casey who gave Nurse his first NBA opportunity, hiring him out of the developmental league back in 2013. Multiple NBA sources will tell you the one-time mentor and his long-time assistant have not been on affable terms in the midst … [Read more...] about Will Nick Nurse be just what the Raptors ordered?
By Star staff Tues., June 12, 2018 The Toronto Raptors are hiring assistant Nick Nurse to be their next head coach, according to a report. Both sides are still working out contract details, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted. MORE TO COME SPORTS ACTION AND RE-ACTION DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX. NEW NEWSLETTER SPORTS SIGN UP … [Read more...] about Toronto Raptors to name Nick Nurse as head coach: Report