Raptors hire Nick Nurse as new head coach

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach

Nurse came to Toronto fresh off of a NBA Development League championship with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and also won a league championship with Iowa, a D-League coach of the year award and worked extensively in Britain.

The chance he's long coveted has finally arrived.

Nurse has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the Raptors under Casey.

Nurse takes over a team that had an Eastern Conference-best 59 wins in the season just ended.

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He also said the US had a trade deficit of $17 billion with Canada, though he implied that it might be as large as $100 billion. The United States imposed new tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum less than two weeks ago on a "national security" basis.

Updating an item from yesterday that suggested the Toronto Raptors had narrowed their head coaching search down to two candidates, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that the "growing expectation" in coaching circles is that Nick Nurse is the choice. Casey was sacked after the Raptors were swept out of the second round of this year's playoffs by Cleveland.

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.

The short version of that: Hiring internally is unsexy, but most signals point to Nurse being a legitimately good candidate as an National Basketball Association head coach. ESPN first reported the hiring. We have to prepare the players and can't leave any stone unturned.

Nurse coached in Europe for 11 years starting in 1996. 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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