In 2007, he became the head coach of the Iowa Energy in the then-NBA D-League, and was a coach in that league until 2013 when he became a Raptors assistant.
The team and Nick Nurse are in the process of elevating Nurse from assistant under the deposed Dwane Casey to the top job, sources confirmed to Postmedia on Tuesday morning after an initial ESPN report. According to Woj, the two sides are still working out the specific details of the contract. He spent more than a decade in Europe, was an assistant coach for Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, is a past G League coach of the year and coached Rio Grande to that league's title in 2013. Nurse emphasized more man and ball movement as well as outside shooting, helping the team go from last in assists the year before to sixth in 2017-18.
Nurse takes over a team that had an Eastern Conference-best 59 wins in the season just ended. Casey was sacked after the Raptors were swept out of the second round of this year's playoffs by Cleveland. He is the school's all-time 3-point percentage leader with.468 (170 of 363).
The short version of that: Hiring internally is unsexy, but most signals point to Nurse being a legitimately good candidate as an National Basketball Association head coach. "I know where we started".