The Toronto Raptors and Nick Nurse have agreed on a multi-year contract extension earlier this morning, even after the reigning Champions’ tough elimination in seven games to the Boston Celtics.
The financial terms of the deal nor the duration of the contract were disclosed by the Raptors due to their internal policies, according to the report. However, it’s pretty clear that they believe in Nurse’s project going forward for a very long time:
“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. 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,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri told the team’s official website.
It’s also worth noting that Nick Nurse was named 2019-20 NBA Coach of the Year after leading the team to a 53-19 record despite the tough losses of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to free agency, and they were just one win away from making it back to the Eastern Conference Finals, so it’s pretty clear that he’s their guy right now.
In just two seasons with the Toronto Raptors, Nurse has already managed to get a 111-43 record (.721 winning percentage) and clearly silenced their doubters this season. Last year’s Championship run wasn’t just a fluke, even if they couldn’t go the distance this season.
Nick Nurse and the Raptors have put together a deep, well-balanced roster with a clear identity and no egos. They may lack a superstar, especially after Pascal Siakam’s regression but are one of the better coached teams in the Association.