Nurse spent a decade coaching in Europe and won to championships and a coach of the year award in the British Basketball League.
The chance he's long coveted has finally arrived.
The team and Nick Nurse are in the process of elevating Nurse from assistant under the deposed Dwane Casey to the top job, sources confirmed to Postmedia on Tuesday morning after an initial ESPN report.
Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 29, 2016.
In charge of the Raptors' offence, Nurse played a pivotal role in successfully reinventing the way the team played last season.
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The Toronto Raptors didn't have to go far to find the man who will be the ninth head coach in franchise history.
Casey was named head coach of the Detroit Pistons, replacing Stan Van Gundy, on Monday.
The move seems to suggest there will be at least some continuity between what the Raptors have been doing and what they'll do on his watch.
Nurse is widely credited with successfully installing the Raptors' new offensive system this season. That's the biggest thing. Nurse would probably have to be considered the front-runner of the group, given his track record and how the offense shifted and held up in the playoffs, but it's always hard to ascribe credit and blame across a coaching staff.