Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Raptors hiring Nick Nurse as head coach

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Nick Nurse will be the franchises next head coach.

Nurse, a long-time assistant under Casey, was one of the first people interviewed by president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster and was the leading candidate throughout much of the hiring process.

The Toronto Raptors had the best regular season in franchise history this year, but after LeBron dealt them yet another postseason beatdown, the franchise elected to fire coach Dwane Casey.

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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. The team ranked third in the National Basketball Association in offensive efficiency this past season, sixth in 2016-17, fifth the year prior, third in 2014-15, and ninth in 2013-14.

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.

Toronto is now the only National Basketball Association franchise without a head coach. Toronto also took the third-most threes in the league, up from 22nd place two seasons ago.

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Nurse joined the Raptors five years ago as an assistant and was tasked with overseeing the team's offence alongside Casey.

Casey was named the head coach of the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

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