Raptors' Nurse poised to coach Team Canada
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[June 17, 2019]
Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse
is seeking another title with another team.
Just days after the Raptors won the NBA championship in six games
over the Golden State Warriors, Nurse said Sunday a deal was "just
about done" to make him the coach of the Canadian national team.
"I'm getting ready to take another situation soon because I think
it's going to be make me a better coach," said Nurse, who has
extensive experience coaching internationally.
First up: the World Cup this summer. Team Canada will open play in
the 2019 World Cup in China on Sept. 1 against Australia.
It has scheduled a warmup game against Nigeria on Aug. 9 in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, and also will play two pre-tournament games
against Australia in Perth on Aug. 16 and 17.
"I expect we'll have Canada's most talented team ever, with most of
our NBA players proudly representing their country," Glen Grunwald,
president and CEO of Canada Basketball said in May.
Prospective players for Team Canada are Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat),
Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks), R.J.Barrett (Duke, projected
top-three pick in NBA draft), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland
Cavaliers), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets) and Andrew Wiggins
Nurse, 51, was as an assistant coach with Great Britain in the 2012
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Raptors head coach Nick Nurse gestures during the fourth quarter
against the Golden State Warriors in game five of the 2019 NBA
Finals at Scotiabank Arena. John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
"I learned a lot as a coach in that run and I'm hoping this
experience will do the same," he said.
He presumably also would coach Canada in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
"It's a unique time with the World Cup and the Olympics within a
short 13-14 month window. And it fits in OK. I'm just giving up some
vacation time," he said.
--Field Level Media
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