Just a couple of years ago, Nick Nurse was named the G-League Coach of the Year for his great performance with the Raptors 905. Now, sitting as a NBA Championship coach, he has secured his job at Toronto for the next couple of years.
The Athletic's Shams Charania confirmed Nick Nurse has signed a multi-year extension with the Canadian franchise.
Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse has signed a multiyear extension.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 15, 2020
This past season, Nurse guided the Raptors to a 53-19 record during the regular season (second best in the NBA) and set a franchise-record with a .736 winning percentage. Toronto also reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the fifth straight year.
He was also named the 2019-20 NBA Coach of the Year. He is the first person in history to win the award in both the NBA and the NBA G-League.
In his two seasons at the helm of the Raptors, Nurse has posted a 111-43 record (.721) during the regular season. In the playoffs, he has compiled a 23-12 mark (.657), while leading Toronto to its first NBA Championship in 2019.
“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.”
Nurse was named the ninth head coach in Raptors history on June 14, 2018, taking the job after five years as an assistant coach with the team.