Nick Nurse (55) was chosen by the Philadelphia 76ers to replace Doc Rivers on the bench. The new coach was NBA champion with the Toronto Raptors, a franchise that decided not to continue with him at the end of the current season.
The Canadian did not stay unemployed for long. The Sixers bet on him to make the definitive qualitative leap that will allow them to fight for the ring. The one that the legendary Doc Rivers failed to get into the fingers of its players.
Nick Nurse spent five years in Toronto. There, with Sergio Scariolo as one of his assistants, and with Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka in full squad, he was champion, as well as coach of the year.
That resounding success came in 2019. Since then, even though he hasn’t equaled this championship, he has been able to maintain competitiveness and offensive and defensive ratios above the league average. And this, despite the loss of many talents in the workforce. He still has ended up getting eaten by the Raptors a few weeks ago.
His new home, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, will be in Philadelphia.
He will be able to form the reigning MVP there Joel Embiid (29 years). And lead the Cameroonian and the rest of his teammates – we will have to see without James Harden – to the title of NBA champion.
This season, they lost in the conference semifinals to Boston in Game 7. Unforgivable. Nick Nurse and those who trusted him will not be able to settle for an improvement.
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