Nurse committed to Raptors: ‘I’m focused on coaching this team’

Posted: 02/05/2022 in NBA
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Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse downplayed rumors about him potentially leaving the organization to join the Los Angeles Lakers next season.

“I don’t know where that stuff comes from, and I’m focused on coaching this team,” Nurse said during his end-of-season media availability Monday, according to TSN’s Josh Lewenberg.

Nurse has two years remaining on his contract with the Raptors. He’s also signed up to coach Team Canada through the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Nurse was linked last month to the Lakers’ coaching opening as a leading candidate to replace Frank Vogel.

The 54-year-old has enjoyed tremendous success during his head coaching tenure with the Raptors. He owns a combined 186-122 record across four regular seasons, including the team’s subpar 27-45 campaign while based out of Tampa.

Nurse was also named 2019-20 Coach of the Year and helped capture the franchise’s first championship in 2019 as a rookie head coach.

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