Raptors' Nick Nurse voted NBA Coach of the Year

Nick Nurse has been voted NBA Trainer of the 12 months after main the protecting champion Toronto Raptors to any other 50-win season, this time with out Kawhi Leonard

Nick Nurse used to be voted NBA Trainer of the 12 months on Saturday after main the protecting champion Toronto Raptors to any other 50-win season, this time with out Kawhi Leonard.

Nurse, who has the Raptors at the verge of the second one spherical of the playoffs, used to be a runaway winner, receiving 90 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. He completed with 470 issues.

Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer used to be 2nd after main the Greenbacks to the most efficient checklist within the suspended season, incomes 147 issues. Oklahoma Town’s Billy Donovan (134) used to be 3rd.

Nurse led Toronto to its first name closing yr in his rookie season, changing into the one trainer to win an NBA championship and a G League championship. He received titles in 2011 and 2013 on the NBA’s minor league stage.

Toronto’s party closing yr used to be simply winding down when Leonard determined to enroll in the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Raptors hardly ever ignored a beat with out the NBA Finals MVP, rolling to a 53-19 checklist and the No. 2 seed within the Japanese Convention. They’ve a Three-Zero lead over the Brooklyn Nets and can attempt to end off the sweep Sunday.

Nurse is 111-43 in two seasons. He has greater than validated the Raptors’ resolution to fireplace Dwane Casey in 2018, even if Casey have been Trainer of the 12 months that season after guiding Toronto to a 59-23 checklist.

However the Raptors saved getting overrun through LeBron James and Cleveland within the playoffs. So workforce president Masai Ujiri determined to phase tactics with Casey, the franchise’s profession chief in victories, and advertise Nurse, who have been an assistant for 5 years.

Nurse has already just about stuck Casey for the Raptors’ checklist for playoff wins through going 19-Eight during the last two seasons. Casey used to be 21-30.

Ujiri praised Nurse for being hardworking but at ease

“All the time surroundings the tone for our workforce — attacking our subsequent championship, somewhat than protecting our closing,” Ujiri mentioned. “This is who Nick is, because of this we consider in him. His adventure to this super honor has been a protracted one. We’re so satisfied to look him identified this fashion.”

Nurse labored his method to the highest thru decrease ranges of basketball. The Northern Iowa graduate were given his first head training task at Grand View School when he used to be 23, prior to changing into an assistant at South Dakota.

He coached 11 years in Europe, successful 9 championships within the British Basketball League, prior to main Rio Grande Valley and Iowa to G League titles.

Nurse in spite of everything arrived as an NBA head trainer in 2018 and he is been a herbal.

He led the Raptors previous the well-liked Greenbacks and Golden State Warriors closing spring after which overcame Leonard’s departure, the season’s suspension and the whole thing in between.

Toronto had a franchise-record .736 successful share this season, permitting the fewest issues in keeping with sport within the NBA, regardless of having its best 5 scorers all pass over no less than 10 video games as a result of damage.

The Raptors put in combination a 15-game successful streak in January and February, and when the season stopped a month later, Toronto got here again even higher. The Raptors went 7-1 within the seeding video games, absolute best within the East.

Nurse joined Casey and Sam Mitchell as Raptors coaches to win the award.


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