Raptors to name Nurse head coach


Raptors to name Nurse head coach

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

On Tuesday, the Raptors finally chose to move forward with Nurse, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, in an effort to get a new lead voice in the locker room but not go through a total staff change given their success developing players and in the regular season. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Raptors are hiring current Raptors assistant Nick Nurse as their new coach.

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.

One month into their coaching search, Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors may have neared a decision on who will be the team's next head coach. Nurse replaces Dwane Casey, who was sacked shortly after the Raptors were swept in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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.

Nurse, 50, has been coaching for 30 years, succeeding at every level along the way.

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. "I know where we started".