Toronto Raptors to hire Nick Nurse as head coach

Toronto Raptors to hire Nick Nurse as head coach

Toronto Raptors to hire Nick Nurse as head coach

The chance he's long coveted has finally arrived.

Nurse, 50, joined the franchise five years ago and was a longtime assistant under former Raptors coach Dwane Casey.

The Toronto Raptors will name assistant Nick Nurse as their next head coach, ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Nurse and the Raptors were completing contract terms on Tuesday, according to the person who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. 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 takes over a team that had an Eastern Conference-best 59 wins in the season just ended.

A day after their old coach found a new home, the Toronto Raptors have found his replacement. "We have to know everything the other team is doing and really work hard and grind it out".

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Nurse was 23 when he became head coach of Grand View College, making him the youngest college basketball coach in the U.S.

The Iowa native also spent years coaching professional teams in England and was an assistant on Great Britain's 2012 Olympic team.

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