Toronto fired Nick Nurse on Friday after the group’s loss within the play-in match final week, however the 2019 NBA champion-winning coach should not be out of a job for lengthy.
Reviews already surfaced moments after his firing turned public that he plans to interview for the open Houston Rockets job. Houston fired Stephen Silas after he went 59-177 (.250) in three seasons.
Nurse has a profession report of 227-163 (.582) and along with that 2019 NBA title, he additionally was named Coach of the Yr the next season after the Raptors went 53-19 within the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season.
Toronto’s subsequent head coach has a tricky act to observe, nevertheless it’s not as if Nurse was following a scrub, both. Dwane Casey was fired as Raptors head coach the identical season he obtained Coach of the Yr honors in 2017-18.
Not solely does the Raptors’ subsequent head coach have the runs by Casey and Nurse to reside as much as, however they’re going to additionally must take care of a entrance workplace that is exhausting to please. If profitable championships and being recognized as the most effective coach within the league is not sufficient, we’re unsure what’s.
That is an issue for Toronto, not Nurse. He is a confirmed winner and can land on his toes very quickly. If not the Rockets, he may observe Casey’s path to Detroit. The previous Pistons head coach agreed to step down after this season as he took a place within the entrance workplace.
Different groups may enter the dialog because the playoffs unfold and Nurse must be on the high of all of their lists. Then once more, he should not be available on the market in any respect.