Toronto Raptors to hire Nick Nurse as head coach

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The chance he's long coveted has finally arrived.

Nurse, who is from Iowa and attended the University of Northern Iowa, also coached in the D-League, winning championships in 2011 with the Iowa Energy and in 2013 with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Raptors are hiring current Raptors assistant Nick Nurse as their new coach.

Toronto has chose to promote Dwane Casey's old assistant, and will hire Nick Nurse as the team's ninth head coach in franchise history according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Casey was sacked last month and was hired by the Detroit Pistons on Monday. 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.

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The move seems to suggest there will be at least some continuity between what the Raptors have been doing and what they'll do on his watch.

How will Nick Nurse help the Raptors in 2018-19?

Casey was named the head coach of the Detroit Pistons on Monday. That's the biggest thing.

Nurse, 50, has been coaching for 30 years, succeeding at every level along the way. He also won a pair of titles in the G League with two different teams and was coach of the year there, too.

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