Nick Nurse, who led Toronto to a championship, is headed to Philadelphia

Nick Nurse, 56, who led the Toronto Raptors to a championship, has found a new team.

ESPN, citing sources, reported on Tuesday that Nurse has agreed to a head coaching contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The University of Northern Iowa alum got his start in coaching at the age of 23 when he became the head coach at Grandview University. He has also coached in the British Basketball League (BBL) and the NBA’s lower-level D-League (now the G-League).

He joined the Toronto coaching staff in 2013, assisting head coach Dwane Casey. In 2018, he succeeded Casey as Toronto’s head coach.

In his five seasons as head coach, he has compiled a record of 227 wins and 163 losses. He has led the team to the playoffs three times, including a championship in 2018-19. He was named Coach of the Year in 2019-20.안전놀이터

In 2022-23, he led the team to a 41-41 record and the top seed in the playoffs before losing to Chicago.

Although he was fired by Toronto, he received a lot of interest due to the advantage of being a winning coach. According to ESPN, both Philadelphia and the Phoenix Suns were interested in him down the stretch.

He ultimately chose Philadelphia. ESPN said his decision was influenced by his desire to work with MVP Joel Embiid and his experience working with President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey, who is responsible for running the Sixers’ organization.

Philadelphia, which fired head coach Doc Rivers after being eliminated in the conference semifinals this season, will begin preparations for next season with a new head coach. An immediate priority will be to hold onto James Harden, who will hit free agency.

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