Raptors sign Nurse on multi-year extension

The Toronto Raptors signed head coach Nick Nurse to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed for Nurse, who followed up the Raptors’ NBA championship-winning season in 2018-19 by guiding the club to a 53-19 mark and a franchise-record .736 winning percentage in 2019-20.

For his efforts, Nurse was named the NBA Coach of the Year.

“Our confidence in Nick just continues to grow, and part of that comes from what we’ve experienced together,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said.

“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.”

Image: Nurse “has proved that he can coach on the court and lead in life”, says Raptors president Masai Ujiri

Toronto reached the Eastern Conference semifinals for the fifth year in a row before falling in seven games to the Boston Celtics last week.

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Nurse, 53, finished his second season as the Raptors head coach after five seasons as an assistant.

 Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics drives the ball against Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors during the fourth quarter in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. 3:25
Highlights of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semi-final series between the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors

He was the ninth rookie head coach to win an NBA championship and has an overall 111-43 record with the team.

“My family and I will always be appreciative of Larry Tanenbaum and MLSE ownership for this opportunity. I’m grateful to Masai, Bobby (general manager Bobby Webster), 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.”

Nurse earned Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honours on three occasions and coached Team Giannis at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago.

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