Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

Toronto Raptors to promote assistant Nick Nurse to 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 Toronto Raptors didn't have to go far to find the man who will be the ninth head coach in franchise history.

Nurse and the Raptors were completing contract terms on Tuesday, according to the person who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. Nevermind that Casey is a legitimate contender for Coach of the Year-General Manager Masai Ujiri felt the team needed a new leader.

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In charge of the Raptors' offence, Nurse played a pivotal role in successfully reinventing the way the team played last season.

NICK Nurse spent nearly three decades paying his coaching dues, toiling with teams in Britain, Italy and Belgium, college basketball and the G League. So, their final two candidates were current assistant coach Nick Nurse and Spurs assistant Ettore Messina. He's been an active coach since 1989 but spent most of his career in college and the D-League. Toronto also took the third-most threes in the league, up from 22nd place two seasons ago.

Casey was named the head coach of the Detroit Pistons on Monday. Casey was sacked after the Raptors were swept out of the second round of this year's playoffs by Cleveland.

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