MONTREAL, Canada – Fresh off coaching the Toronto Raptors to the NBA title, Nick Nurse confirmed on Sunday, June 16, that he plans to coach the Canadian national team in the upcoming 2019 FIBA World Cup.
“It’s just about done and something I’m really looking forward to doing,” Nurse said of a deal to coach Canada in the global showdown in China start on August 31.
Jay Triano coached Canada to a 27-5 record over the past 4 years but stepped down from the job 3 months ago.
“I think it’s going to make me a better coach,” said Nurse, whose prior stints included experience as an assistant coach with Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.
“I learned a lot as a coach in that run and I’m hoping this experience will do the same.”
Nurse, who would be in position to guide Canada in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics also, became the ninth rookie coach in NBA history to win a title when the Raptors dethroned the Golden State Warriors in 6 games.
Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson and Dallas Mavericks’ Dwight Powell are among some of the NBA players who would be available for Nurse’s Canadian squad. – Rappler.com