Since taking over as head coach of the Toronto Raptors, Nick Nurse has done a commendable job of guiding the only NBA team stationed in Canada.
There are rumors that he could move on in this season’s finale, and he said that he would take his time before deciding what would happen next for him.
Nick Nurse Is Locked In On The Raptors’ Playoff Chase, But Can He Move On This Summer?
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Nurse is one of the few NBA head coaches who never played in the league, which makes his coaching all the more impressive.
He was an assistant coach in Toronto for five seasons under Dwayne Casey before getting the head coaching job for the 2018–19 campaign.
After years of modest playoff success, the team took a huge swing by trading for talented but enigmatic superstar forward Kawhi Leonard in the summer of 2018, and with Nurse’s help, he led the Raptors to a world championship over the Golden State Warriors.
Leonard went into free agency a few weeks after winning the title, but the Raptors remained competitive.
Nurse gets a lot from a roster that has seen some changes since then, but it also has the benefit of mainstays like Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Ozzie Enunobi.
After 2019, Toronto has made the playoffs twice in three seasons, and once again has a shot at the postseason this year, as they currently sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 38-38 record.
With Siakam, Anunobi and the rising Scottie Barnes, the team could have a bright future if it lures a big-time star.
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