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Raptors pick assistant Nick Nurse as new head coach

15 June 2018

The chance he's long coveted has finally arrived.

Assistant Nick Nurse will be promoted to take over as Toronto's new head coach, ESPN reported Wednesday (AEST), saying contract details were still being finalized.

Casey was named head coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy, on Monday.

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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. Wojnarowski reports that Nurse accepted the job on Tuesday morning. Stackhouse had several other interviews in the past month, Kalamian has interviewed for outside positions before, and Nurse has been at the top of potential first-time hire lists for years now, so there's legitimate flight risk here.

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 29, 2016. So, their final two candidates were current assistant coach Nick Nurse and Spurs assistant Ettore Messina. We have to prepare the players and can't leave any stone unturned. He's been an active coach since 1989 but spent most of his career in college and the D-League. His path to an National Basketball Association head coaching job is unconventional, to say the least.

Raptors pick assistant Nick Nurse as new head coach