Toronto Raptors Announce Extension of Head Coach Nick Nurse

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Nick Nurse's first two years as a head coach earned him an NBA Championship, Coach of the Year and now a contract extension (Photo by: Getty Images)

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse is receiving a contract extension, according to a press release from the organization released on Tuesday.

This past season, Nurse coached a Raptors team that went 53-19, which was the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, third in the NBA. This earned the second-year coach 2019-20 NBA Coach of the Year honours.

“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.”

In his first two years as an NBA head coach, Nurse has a career 111-43 (.721) record in the regular season and a 23-12 (.657) record in the playoffs, including an NBA Championship in the 2018-19 season. Nurse received Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honours three times in his NBA coaching career, as well as being an NBA All-Star head coach in the 2019-20 season.

Before the NBA, Nurse coached two different teams to G League Championships, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2013) and the Iowa Energy (2011). Nurse’s championship season with the Energy earned him G League Coach of the Year honours.

“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,”  Raptors president Masai Ujiri said.

As per the Raptors financial policy, the team will not be disclosing the details of the contract.

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