Raptors coach Nick Nurse said he did not have to think about signing a new deal as the NBA Coach of the Year heads into another uncertain offseason. Nurse agreed to a "multiyear" contract extension earlier this month and a year after guiding the Raptors to their first championship. He was unable to repeat the title feat this season; the Raptors lost to Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals at Walt Disney World Resort outside Orlando, Fla.
The Toronto Raptors head coach doesn’t know when his off-season plans can be fully put into place, he’s in the dark as much as anybody about when he might coach an NBA game again, and he’s just come off one of the most emotional seasons of his more than three decades on a basketball bench. And against all that uncertainty, with all those questions unanswered, with all the weight of a trying season still not fully gone, he’s about done decompressing and ready to get back to work.
Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse is still taking time to "decompress" after a strange NBA season that started with a championship banner raising at Scotiabank Arena, was interrupted by months by the COVID-19 pandemic and ended with a tough second-round exit in an empty arena at the hands of the Boston Celtics. When the time comes to start ramping up for the next NBA season, whenever that may be, Nurse says he and his staff will be ready. "We're still fresh off the season.