Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse has been named NBA’s 2019-2020 Coach of the Year.
Nurse’s high school coach Wayne Chandlee joined NBA on TNT to announce him as the award recipient, in what was a really emotional moment.
Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet even gave the trophy to Nurse while he was live on Inside The NBA.
The Raptors coach defeated Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer and Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan in media voting for NBA Coach of the Year.
The 52 year-old, in his second year on the job, led the Raptors to a 46-18 record before the 2019-20 season was suspended March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite losing Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in the offseason, Nurse has the defending champions playing solid defense and being candidates to get out of the East for a second consecutive year.
Nurse earned Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honours twice during the 2019-20 campaign – January and games played in October/November - and coached Team Giannis at the NBA All-Star Game in Chicago.
He also becomes the first coach in NBA history to earn both NBA Coach of the Year honours and G-League Coach of the Year honours.