Despite the disappointing loss against the Boston Celtics, the Toronto Raptors will be keeping at least one part of the team's formula the same. Head coach Nick Nurse will be sticking around for a while longer. He recently signed a multi-year extension to stay in his position.
The announcement came in a press release from the team, which did not disclose any of the financial details of Nurse's new contract as per team policy.
The coach has proven himself valuable to the organization, having managed a .736 winning percentage and a 53-19 record over the past season.
He also presided over the team's very first NBA championship.
This is the fifth year in a row that the Raptors have made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, even if they didn't manage to go all the way this time.
Nurse expressed his gratitude for the position, as well as his love for the 6ix, in a statement.
"I’m grateful to Masai, Bobby, and the players for their trust and their hard work," he 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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"The past two seasons have been unlike any other in our team’s history," team President Masai Ujiri said in a statement.
"First, winning our championship, and then navigating a global pandemic and committing long-term to the fight against racism and for social justice."
Nurse already received one of the league's highest honours when he was named coach of the year. He got the news from his own high school basketball coach during an interview.
The Raptors' season might be over, but they'll be back next year with Nurse at the helm.