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Report: Nick Nurse Named Raptors Head Coach

Sports Illustrated logo Sports Illustrated 6/12/2018 Scooby Axson
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The Toronto Raptors will name assistant Nick Nurse as their next head coach,'s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina and Lithuanian Basketball League coach Sarunas Jasikevicius were also interviewed for the job.

Nurse replaces Dwane Casey who was fired last month after the Raptors were swept in the conference semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Casey is now the head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

The 50–year–old Nurse has been an assistant with Toronto since the 2013 season.

Before that he spent a decade coaching in Europe, include a stint in the British Basketball League and also coached in the G-League, where he won two championships.


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