By Josh Kern
It took perhaps longer than expected, but the news has finally come down: Nick Nurse is the new head coach of the Toronto Raptors. I have a few thoughts on the hire!
”Perfectly fine” doesn’t sound like much, does it? But hiring Nurse isn’t a “sexy” choice; Nurse is not a “big name” and his promotion doesn’t portend some massive shakeup for the Raptors next year.
But who out there would have been a big sexy name that was gonna shake things up?
So “perfectly fine” sums it up. I don’t think the Raptors needed to make a splash or start over from scratch. They had one of the best offenses in the league, and Nick nurse was largely responsible for that.
I think it’s going to be fun to see Nurse’s offense evolve after last season, and see what else he can bring to it as a head coach.
Nurse was also credited for his work with the Raptors’ youngsters, which gives me confidence that the OG Anunoby and the second unit players will continue to grow and be given opportunities under Nurse.
I definitely understand feeling underwhelmed by the choice of replacing a coach with his longtime assistant. I understand the concern that “Nurse is an offensive coach, and the defense was the problem in the playoffs.”...