BUENA VISTA LAKE, FLORIDA – Nick Nurse would have spent the last year of the contract next season. The Toronto Raptors did not intend to allow this with their coach.
Nurse and the Raptors on Tuesday announced an extension for several years without disclosing the terms. In two seasons in Toronto, Nurse won in 2019. The Raptors have won more victories in the NBA Championship and during that period than any other team in the league.
The nurse initially signed a three-year agreement in 2018. To lead the club in June.
“Our trust in Nick is simply growing, and part of that is due to what we have experienced together,” said Masai Ujiri, president of Raptors. “The last two seasons have not been like any other in our team’s history – we first won the championship, then surfed the global pandemic and made a long-term commitment to fighting racism and pursuing social justice.
“Nick has proven he can train on the field and lead a life.”
The Raptors reached the semifinals of the Eastern Conference this season, thriving in the NBA’s re-launched bubble even after having arrived in Florida two weeks earlier due to challenges to bring players back to Canada during quarantine. Their run ended on Friday night after losing Game 7 to the Boston Celtics.
A nurse-assistant coach in Toronto for five seasons before receiving the best spot – this season was the winner of the NBA Coach of the Year award, garnering 90 out of 100 first place votes.
“Toronto has been my home for the past seven years, and I hope it will be home for many more,” the nurse said. “I’ve watched this franchise grow and reach the top, and I look forward to the challenge of helping us win another championship.”
The Raptors went 53-19 this season, and the 0.736 percent victory hit a franchise record. Nurse plays 111-43 in the regular season and 23-12 in the playoffs, has won the coach of the month three times and was one of the All-Star coaches of the season.
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