Toronto Raptors Hire Assistant Nick Nurse To Replace Dwane Casey

Toronto Raptors Hire Assistant Nick Nurse To Replace Dwane Casey

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.

Toronto has chose 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.

The Raptors conducted a month-long search after firing coach Dwane Casey, but ended up staying within the family.

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.

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Ujiri called the decision to fire Casey "difficult but necessary" following the Raptors' loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round, the third time in as many years they've been eliminated at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavs.

Nurse, who turns 51 in July, had been on Casey's staff in Toronto since 2013. The Raptors always raved about Casey's work ethic, and Nurse took note. We have to prepare the players and can't leave any stone unturned.

Nurse graduated from Northern Iowa and got his first head coaching position at Grand View College when he was only 23 - some 27 years ago.

Mike Budenholzer, former Atlanta Hawks head coach and Spurs assistant, was also seen as a front-runner before being hired by Milwaukee.

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