Toronto assistant Nick Nurse promoted Raptors head coach, says source

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In the NBA's G-League, Nurse won two championships with two different teams and also took home coach of the year honours in 2010-11 with the Iowa Energy.

The chance he's long coveted has finally arrived. Nurse will be replacing his former boss, Dwane Casey - under whom he spent the past five seasons as a Raptors assistant. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Raptors are hiring current Raptors assistant Nick Nurse as their new coach.

On Tuesday, the Raptors finally chose to move forward with Nurse, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, in an effort to get a new lead voice in the locker room but not go through a total staff change given their success developing players and in the regular season.

Ujiri called the decision to fire Casey "difficult but necessary" following the Raptors' loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round, the third time in as many years they've been eliminated at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavs.

Casey was named the head coach of the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

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Nurse has been an assistant with Toronto since the 2013 season.

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"I've learned a lot about preparation from him, the seriousness of attention to detail", Nurse told Canada's Sportsnet in February.

Nurse graduated from Northern Iowa and got his first head coaching position at Grand View College when he was only 23 - some 27 years ago.

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