After 10 years on the Raptors bench between assistant and head coaching roles, Nick Nurse explained that he will take a few weeks to see what might be the best option for his future at the end of a regular season defined as “difficult from many points of view”. In fact, the Raptors failed to deliver the basketball they hoped for, blunt and unable to keep up with the big playoff teams in the Eastern Conference. “First of all we had quite a few important injuries, while then it was the market rumors of February that weighed: 999 rumors all about us, but even if there was nothing founded they inevitably had an impact on us. For this reason, after a season like this, we have to evaluate everything – even from a personal point of view – what happened ”, she concludes, suggesting that she could leave.
“I’ve been here for 10 years and I think I’ve made a great journey in this franchise”, continues iThe head coach who led Toronto to an NBA title in 2019 – first historic opportunity for a team outside the US borders – as well as having collected the highest number of successes in the last cumulative regular seasons. “At the moment my head is focused on making this vintage as long as possible, the rest doesn’t count for now: I haven’t thought about leaving, but only that there will be a need to stop and think”. The Canadian leadership will do so at that point, which will sum up and perhaps decide (regardless) to take a different path.