Toronto Raptors to promote assistant Nick Nurse to head coach

The Raptors also interviewed San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina and Lithuanian Basketball League coach Sarunas Jasikevicius for the head coaching job, according to Sports Illustrated.

The Toronto Raptors didn't have to go far to find the man who will be the ninth head coach in franchise history.

Nurse, 50, has been coaching for 30 years, succeeding at every level along the way. Toronto fired coach Dwane Casey last month, after Toronto was swept in a four-game Eastern semifinal series by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won a pair of championships in the British Basketball League in 1996 and 2000, as well as D-League titles in 2011 and 2013.

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Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 29, 2016. Yesterday afternoon it was announced that Casey had agreed to a five-year deal to become the new head coach of the Detroit Pistons. He is the school's all-time 3-point percentage leader with.468 (170 of 363). Nurse will be judged on his ability to guide Toronto deeper into the postseason before its core passes its prime. In the NBA's G-League, Nurse won two championships with two different teams and also took home coach of the year honours in 2010-11 with the Iowa Energy.

"I leave here with my head high", he told TSN via text message in May.

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