Raptors promote assistant coach Nick Nurse to replace Casey

Wednesday, 13 Jun, 2018

Casey, meanwhile, has already found his next job: with the Detroit Pistons.

Toronto has made a decision 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. 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. Nurse has six seasons of head-coaching experience in the National Basketball Association G League, where he won two championships and a coach of the year award.

Nurse, 50, replaces Dwane Casey who was sacked last month after the Raptors were swept in the conference semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But the team was again bounced from the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Casey was let go shortly after. Nurse emphasized more man and ball movement as well as outside shooting, helping the team go from last in assists the year before to sixth in 2017-18.

Toronto's roster remains well stocked, including All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Casey was sacked after the Raptors were swept out of the second round of this year's playoffs by Cleveland.

For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website. The Raptors always raved about Casey's work ethic, and Nurse took note. That's the biggest thing.

Nurse coached in Europe for 11 years starting in 1996.