Raptors hire Nick Nurse as new head coach

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

Nurse, a long-time assistant under Casey, was one of the first people interviewed by president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster and was the leading candidate throughout much of the hiring process. Nurse replaces Dwane Casey, who was sacked shortly after the Raptors were swept in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He won D-League Coach of the Year in 2011.

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.

His path to an National Basketball Association head coaching job is unconventional, to say the least.

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

Nurse coached in Europe for 11 years starting in 1996.

Earlier this week there were reports that Ujiri & Co. had narrowed their list down to two candidates: San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, and Nurse. He is the franchise's all-time leader in wins, winning percentage, games coached and playoff games coached (51).

The Toronto Raptors were the last team to open up a coaching vacancy and, on Tuesday, became the last team to fill that vacancy. "I know where we started".

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