Raptors hire Nick Nurse as new head coach


Raptors hire Nick Nurse as new head coach

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 29, 2016.

Assistant coach Nick Nurse agreed in principle to become head coach of the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, multiple outlets have reported.

According to TSN's Josh Lewenberg, Nurse was on a list of internal candidates being considered that included Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse (who joined the Memphis Grizzlies staff last week) and assistant Rex Kalamian.

Nurse, 50, is from Carroll, Iowa.

The Toronto Raptors had the best regular season in franchise history this year, but after LeBron dealt them yet another postseason beatdown, the franchise elected to fire coach Dwane Casey.

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. Casey was sacked after the Raptors were swept out of the second round of this year's playoffs by Cleveland. Nevermind that Casey is a legitimate contender for Coach of the Year-General Manager Masai Ujiri felt the team needed a new leader. He was also named D-League Coach of the Year in 2011. Toronto also took the third-most threes in the league, up from 22nd place two seasons ago.