Despite winning a franchise-record 59 games in the 2017-18 regular season, the Toronto Raptors were humiliated in a second-round sweep at the hands of LeBron James. The Raptors brass decided a new voice was needed and dismissed Dwane Casey (despite being the all-time leader in victories and the 2017-18 NBA Coach of the Year). Masai Uriji ultimately decided on promoting assistant coach Nick Nurse, who had engineered the team’s offensive resurgence. As if there wasn’t already enough pressure on the first-time head coach, the Raptors traded for Kawhi Leonard in August. With Leonard only under contract this year, Toronto’s front office is putting a lot of faith in Nurse to make this year count. With the Raptors off to a 5-0 start, Nurse is making Uriji’s gamble look brilliant. I’ve enjoyed reading as much as I can on Nurse and embedded below are my notes on various articles (with each piece linked below).
Nick Nurse thrives in the details (LINK)
Nick Nurse unafraid, ready to get to work ushering in Raptors’ new era (LINK)
‘What if it does work?’ Nick Nurse could be the key to Toronto’s reset (LINK)
Nurse’s Raptors intend to think outside the box (LINK)
Can Nick Nurse out-think Raptors’ biggest rivals? (LINK)
These Raptors might be real, and only getting better (LINK)
How the Raptors got sick of playoff letdowns and broke all their bad habits (LINK)