Raptors hiring Nurse to replace Casey

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NICK Nurse spent nearly three decades paying his coaching dues, toiling with teams in Britain, Italy and Belgium, college basketball and the G League.

The chance he's long coveted has finally arrived.

Nurse joined the Raptors five years ago as an assistant and was tasked with overseeing the team's offence alongside Casey. The team ranked third in the National Basketball Association in offensive efficiency this past season, sixth in 2016-17, fifth the year prior, third in 2014-15, and ninth in 2013-14. Wojnarowski reports that Nurse accepted the job on Tuesday morning.

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 sacked last month and was hired by the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

ESPN first reported Nurse's promotion. At the very least, the Raptors would want it to be known that they at least interviewed their in-house candidate.

Nurse is widely credited with successfully installing the Raptors' new offensive system this season. "He's been around the league a long time and he's seen it all. We have to know everything the other team is doing and really work hard and grind it out".

Nurse, 50, has been coaching for 30 years, succeeding at every level along the way. He's been an active coach since 1989 but spent most of his career in college and the D-League.