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. Nurse replaces Dwane Casey, who was sacked shortly after the Raptors were swept in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was also named D-League Coach of the Year in 2011.
Toronto's coaching search reportedly had narrowed down to Nurse and San Antonio assistant coach Ettore Messina.
His path to an National Basketball Association head coaching job is unconventional, to say the least. Yesterday afternoon it was announced that Casey had agreed to a five-year deal to become the new head coach of the Detroit Pistons.
Toronto fired Dwane Casey on May 11 after the team was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinal. Toronto also took the third-most threes in the league, up from 22nd place two seasons ago. He is the school's all-time 3-point percentage leader with.468 (170 of 363).
Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 29, 2016.
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