Nick Nurse Rumors
Bjorkgren has retained assistant coach Bill Bayno, a league source with direct knowledge of the situation told IndyStar on Sunday, for a bench role. Bjorkgren is expected to rotate responsibilities among his staff much as Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse does with his staff, rather than having coaches focus on a specific aspect of the game such as defense or big men. Bayno is the only holdover from McMillan’s staff, with Popeye Jones and Dan Burke going to the Philadelphia 76ers. Bayno is in Los Angeles working out Holiday and Domantas Sabonis.
Marc Stein: The availability of certain NBA players and coaches, however, understandably remains TBD. If the Milwaukee Bucks or the Toronto Raptors are still playing in late June, to name two examples, Greece and Canada would likely miss out on Giannis Antetokounmpo and Nick Nurse
The reigning NBA Coach of the Year sat down with 680 NEWS fresh off the heels of his first publication titled, in short form, ‘The Rapture‘ – already a best seller on Amazon since its release on Oct. 13. Nurse – who also discussed his passion for music, that coveted first NBA title, and his relationship with Masai Ujiri and Kyle Lowry – first elaborated on the book, which he describes as “part memoir, part leadership.” “Little bit of basketball in there, right, as head coach of the Raptors,” Nurse joked with our own Geoff Rohoman. “We had a championship season so we’ll take you behind the scenes for some of that as well, but I really enjoyed writing it and am glad that it’s out and hitting the market right now.”
What also might catch readers by surprise is who wrote the book’s foreword; none other than 13-time NBA Champion (11 as a coach, two as a player) Phil Jackson. “I talked to Phil and went out and spent three days with him in Montana and we hit it off a little bit,” Nurse said. “He was kind of my mentor back in the 90s, he didn’t know it, and I never met him until two summers ago, but he was gracious enough to write it and it was very kind of him.”
Nurse acknowledges that none of this would be possible without his friend and boss, Raptors President, Masai Ujiri. After Ujiri first agreed to become the Raptors general manager in May of 2013, Nurse was one of his first hires, joining then head coach Dwane Casey as an assistant. Masai trusted Nurse so much that, ahead of the 2018-2019 season, he promoted him to head coach. The rest, as they say, is history. “It’s fascinating for me to see guys at the top of their game and how they operate,” Nurse said of Ujiri. “He’s the best, man. I owe a lot to him. We all do for what he’s created here with the Raptors.”
Calling the Nov. 3 election “the most important of our lifetime,” the Toronto Raptors coach has joined with his team in a very public campaign to get Americans living in Canada to vote. “There’s no more excuses this time around,” Nurse told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “I gave you all mine. Everybody’s got excuses, but we’ve all got to put excuses aside and make sure we all do our part and vote. That’s it. “I think it does matter. It matters a lot. I think it’s important,” he added. “I think not voting would weigh heavy on my conscience. Let’s put it that way.”