National Basketball Association (NBA) side Toronto Raptors announced that they have appointed Nick Nurse as the teamʼs new head coach. Per team policy terms of the deal were not released.
The 50-year-old tactician becomes the ninth head coach in franchise history after spending the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the Raptors along with successful coaching tenures in the NBA G League and overseas.
“Nick is an innovative coach who has a tremendous basketball IQ, and a unique approach to the xʼs and oʼs. Weʼve valued his creativity and dedication as he focused on making our offense one of the best in the NBA, and we believe that he will bring those qualities to his new role as head coach,” team president Masai Ujiri said.
“This is an exciting and important season for the Raptors, and I believe Nickʼs strong leadership and focus on winning are qualities which will help lead us to our ultimate goal, which is a championship.”
Nurse, 50, joined the Raptors in 2013 and helped construct an offensive system that ranked among in the NBAʼs top 10 in three of five seasons. During the 2017-18 campaign the Raptors set franchise records for points per game (111.7) and three-pointers made (968).
“Iʼm proud to take on the role of head coach of the Toronto Raptors, and to continue to work with the exceptional players we have here,” Nurse said.
“Iʼm grateful to Masai, Bobby, Larry Tanenbaum and the MLSE ownership for this opportunity. Toronto and the Raptors organization has been my home for the past five years, and Iʼve watched this group grow and succeed together. Iʼm looking forward to more of that this season, and to working towards our shared goal, which is to earn the right to call ourselves NBA Champions.”
Prior to joining the Raptors, Nurse spent six seasons in the NBA G League as head coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2011-13) and the Iowa Energy (2007-11). He compiled a regular-season record of 183-117 (.610), which ranks second all-time in NBA G League history for most victories. Nurse also has the most playoff victories in the leagueʼs history with a 15-6 (.714) record. He is the only coach to lead two different teams to an NBA G League Championship.