Raptors make Nurse hiring official

Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas puts up a shot over Indiana Pacers centre Roy Hibbert during last...

Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas puts up a shot over Indiana Pacers centre Roy Hibbert during last night's game at the ACC. Toronto lost the season-opener 90-88. (REUTERS)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:24 PM ET

Hours before the NBA’s moratorium period came to a close the Toronto Raptors took care of some business Monday afternoon.

First, the team confirmed the long-expected hiring of assistant head coach Nick Nurse, who will join Dwane Casey’s staff and helm the offence. Then the roster was announced for Toronto’s Summer League entry which will compete in Las Vegas starting on Saturday.

Nurse, 45, won a pair of championships in the NBA D-League as a head coach, one with Rio Grande and one with Iowa.

Rio Grande went 59-41 over the past two seasons after going 124-76 with Iowa, twice equaling the league record for wins in a season.

Nurse coached in Europe for 11 years, starting in 1996, winning nine championships and was an assistant coach with Britain’s national team at the 2012 Olympics.

His teams frequently were amongst the most potent offensive squads in their leagues.

The NBA’s 2013-14 season officially commenced at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday morning.


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