The Raptors Have Found Their Next Head Coach

Toronto Raptors to promote assistant Nick Nurse to head coach

Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse had been favored to ascended to the team's head coach for a while.

Originally hired soon after Masai Ujiri took over as team president and general manager in the summer of 2013, Nurse was put in charge of Toronto's offence, which became one of the best in the National Basketball Association through the work of Casey, Nurse and the rest of the staff.

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.

Thoughts on Nurse as the next head coach? 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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Casey, meanwhile, has already found his next job: with the Detroit Pistons.

Nurse joined the Raptors five years ago as an assistant and was tasked with overseeing the team's offence alongside Casey. External candidates included San Antonio Spurs assistants Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka, former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer (who was hired by the Milwaukee Bucks on May 17) and EuroLeague coach Sarunas Jasikevicius. Nurse will be judged on his ability to guide Toronto deeper into the postseason before its core passes its prime.

"I leave here with my head high", he told TSN via text message in May.

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