By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Toronto Raptors are keeping head coach Nick Nurse for several years to come. He received a multi-year contract extension from the team on Tuesday.
It’s not clear at this time exactly how long the contract is. The financial terms were not disclosed at this time.
He just completed his second season as the team’s bench leader. He replaced Dwane Casey in the summer of 2018.
“Our confidence in Nick just continues to grow, and part of that comes from what we’ve experienced together. The past two seasons have been unlike any other in our team’s history – first, winning our championship, and then navigating a global pandemic and committing long-term to the fight against racism and for social justice,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said. “Nick has proved that he can coach on the court and lead in life, and we’re looking forward to accomplishing great things in the future.”
Since being named Raptors head coach, Nurse is 111-43 in the two seasons during the regular season. He won the 2019-20 NBA Coach of the Year.
This past season, he guided the team to a 53-19 record during the regular season. When the regular season concluded following interference from the coronavirus pandemic, the team had the second-best record in the NBA for the regular stanza.
The team had a .736 win percentage. Toronto advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the fifth straight year.
However, in Game 7, they were eliminated by the Boston Celtics.
He was also the team’s leader when the Raptors won their first NBA Championship in 2019. Nurse coached Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Danny Green, Pascal Siakam and others to a 4-2 series win over the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.
“My family and I will always be appreciative of Larry Tanenbaum and MLSE ownership for this opportunity. I’m grateful to Masai, Bobby, and the players for their trust and their hard work,” Nurse said. “Toronto has been my home for the past seven years, and I look forward to it being home for many more. I’ve watched this franchise grow and reach the pinnacle, and I look forward to the challenge of helping us win another championship.”