Raptors promote assistant coach Nick Nurse to replace Casey

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2018

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

All three have interesting cases, with Nurse's resume standing as among the most decorated it could be without National Basketball Association head coaching experience, Stackhouse having an incredible first two seasons as a lead coach behind the 905 bench, and Kalamian holding a strong relationship with players and having what would seem to be the proper demeanor for the position.

Nurse, 50, replaces Dwane Casey who was sacked last month after the Raptors were swept in the conference semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. So, their final two candidates were current assistant coach Nick Nurse and Spurs assistant Ettore Messina.

Nurse coached in Europe for 11 years starting in 1996.

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. He also won two rings at the minor-league level.

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

Casey, meanwhile, has already found his next job: with the Detroit Pistons. During his seven-year tenure, Casey went 320-238 (.573).

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

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