By Matthew Stocco
Nick Nurse has assumed the head coaching position of the Toronto Raptors. He can provide both continuity and a voice that can harbor change.
All of the current NBA coaching jobs have now been filled as Nick Nurse has assumed the head coaching position of the Toronto Raptors. Masai Ujiri took his time, interviewed a host of exciting candidates, but ultimately chose to hire from within, promoting the former lead assistant to the main job.
There were two camps that emerged over the past few days, those who wanted Nurse, and those who wanted anyone from outside the organization. Fans in the latter group will ultimately be disappointed by the lack of change, however, could the hiring of Nurse actually be the best of both worlds?
There is a case to be made that Nurse actually provides both the changing voice that the team needs, while also providing continuity that is difficult to replicate during a coaching change.
Masai Ujiri has long admired the San Antonio Spurs’ model of building an organization. Hire from within, and replenish those promotions with more hungry young and promising talent. This trend seems to have continued with Nurse. Nurse became an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors the same year that Ujiri became President & GM. These two men have been with the team the entirety of their dramatic rise through the NBA over the last five...