Former UNI player Nick Nurse becoming Toronto Raptors' head coach

Jose Verdugo
Junio 13, 2018

On Tuesday, the Raptors finally chose to move forward with Nurse, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, in an effort to get a new lead voice in the locker room but not go through a total staff change given their success developing players and in the regular season.

Nurse replaces Dwane Casey, who was sacked shortly after the Raptors were swept in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was a student assistant at UNI for one year, was head coach at Grand View, then coached for 12 seasons in the British Basketball League.

Nick Nurse, head coach of the Iowa Energy, thanks the fans following the team's game against the Tulsa 66ers at the Wells Fargo Arena on April 18, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. 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 been an assistant with Toronto since the 2013 season.

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Toronto fired Dwane Casey on May 11 after the team was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Toronto's roster remains well stocked, including All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.

The terms of the deal were not announced yet.

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