Nurse confirms he plans to teach Team Canada

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse confirmed Sunday that he plans to teach the Canadian nationwide staff, beginning with the World Cup this summer time.

At Toronto’s first media availability since profitable the NBA Finals, Nurse advised reporters, “I’m getting ready to take another situation soon because I think it’s going to make me a better coach.”

Asked particularly whether or not he was speaking about reviews that he would turn into the coach of Team Canada for the World Cup, Nurse stated a deal was “just about done.”

“It’s something I’m looking forward to doing,” he stated.

Nurse, 51, stated his expertise as an assistant coach with Great Britain within the 2012 Olympics was an impetus for wanting to teach Team Canada.

“I learned a lot as a coach in that run and I’m hoping this experience will do the same,” he stated.

He added that “there’s some really good players” on the Canadian staff. Among the gamers Nurse is likely to be teaching are Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, Cleveland Cavaliers ahead Tristan Thompson, Dallas Mavericks ahead Dwight Powell and former Duke ahead RJ Barrett, a probable lottery decide on this 12 months’s draft.

“It’s a unique time with the World Cup and the Olympics within a short 13- to 14-month window. And it fits in OK. I’m just giving up some vacation time,” he stated.

Canada begins the 2019 World Cup in China on Sept. 1 when it performs Australia.

When the Raptors clinched the NBA title with their Game 6 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday evening, Nurse turned the ninth rookie coach to win a championship in NBA historical past.

He additionally gained two titles within the NBA’s D-League (now named the G League), with the Iowa Energy in 2011 and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2013.


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