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The Raptors Have Found Their Next Head Coach

13 June, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Heidi Alvarez

Nurse, 50, joined the Raptors in 2013 after successful coaching stints in Europe and the National Basketball Association D-League.

Toronto was rumored to desire former Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer, but Bud signed on to coach Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.

Toronto has made a decision to promote Dwane Casey's old assistant, and will hire Nick Nurse as the team's ninth head coach in franchise history according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. So, their final two candidates were current assistant coach Nick Nurse and Spurs assistant Ettore Messina.

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After a stint as an assistant for the Dallas Mavericks, Casey took over as Raptors' coach from Jay Triano to start the 2011-12 season.

The 50-year-old Nurse is known for his offensive skills as a coach, winning the D-League championship in 2010-11 and 2012-13 before joining the Raptors. Nurse emphasized more man and ball movement as well as outside shooting, helping the team go from last in assists the year before to sixth in 2017-18. The Pistons lured Casey with a five-year deal that was announced Monday. He also won two rings at the minor-league level. He is the school's all-time 3-point percentage leader with.468 (170 of 363).

In 2007, he became the head coach of the Iowa Energy in the then-NBA D-League, and was a coach in that league until 2013 when he became a Raptors assistant. "I know where we started".

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