Raptors extend Nick Nurse

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The Toronto Raptors announced they have signed head coach Nick Nurse to a multiyear contract extension.

“Our confidence in Nick just continues to grow, and part of that comes from what we’ve experienced together. The past two seasons have been unlike any other in our team’s history – first, winning our championship, and then navigating a global pandemic and committing long-term to the fight against racism and for social justice,” Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said in a statement. “Nick has proved that he can coach on the court and lead in life, and we’re looking forward to accomplishing great things in the future.”

This season, Nurse guided the team to a 53-19 record and the Eastern Conference semifinals for the fifth straight year, despite losing 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

He has a 111-43 regular season record and a 23-12 playoff record.

Nurse was named the 2019-2020 NBA Coach of the Year, becoming the first coach to win the award in the NBA and the G League.

The terms of Nurse’s deal were not disclosed per team policy, but a multiyear extension means the team has added at least two more years in addition to the one he had left, locking him up through at least 2023.

“My family and I will always be appreciative of Larry Tanenbaum and MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment) ownership for this opportunity. I’m grateful to Masai, Bobby, and the players for their trust and their hard work,” Nurse said. “Toronto has been my home for the past seven years, and I look forward to it being home for many more. I’ve watched this franchise grow and reach the pinnacle, and I look forward to the challenge of helping us win another championship.”

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