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'He can coach on the court and lead in life' - Nurse commits to 'long-term' Raptors stay

By Sports Desk September 15, 2020

Nick Nurse is staying with the Toronto Raptors after agreeing a "multi-year" contract extension, the NBA team announced on Tuesday.

The coach who led his team to the 2019 NBA championship could not mastermind a repeat this year as the Raptors were beaten in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semi-final by the Boston Celtics.

But Dwane Casey's former assistant, named NBA coach of the year in August, is the man Toronto want to lead them forward having made an overwhelmingly positive contribution in his two seasons in charge.

The Raptors went 53-19 in the regular season as they put up a spirited defence of their first championship.

Raptors president Masai Ujiri said: "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.

"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."

Nurse, who coached a number of British Basketball League teams including the Manchester Giants and London Towers, got his big break in the NBA in 2013 when he joined Casey's staff in Toronto.

The 53-year-old Iowa native 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."

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