We already knew Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse didn’t blame Kawhi Leonard for choosing to return home to California and sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Now more details have emerged about Nurse’s whereabouts when he received the franchise-altering news, and his immediate reaction to watching the Board Man get paid elsewhere.
Just ran into Raptors Coach Nick Nurse at Summer League - he told me he was watching a Prince impersonator at the Tropicana when the text came in about Kawhi choosing the Clippers. He said he read it, shrugged and figured he might as well stay & enjoy the rest of the show.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) July 10, 2019
That’s right, Nurse was taking in a Prince impersonator’s show in a Las Vegas casino, and he seemed fairly unfazed by the development, electing to finish the performance. This should come as no surprise, considering the 51-year-old’s love of music and laid-back demeanour.
Nurse’s attitude toward Leonard’s departure is one shared by Toronto president Masai Ujiri, who isn’t losing any sleep over the Finals MVP skipping town after one season north of the border. Raptors reserve Norman Powell also holds no hard feelings for his former teammate, and can’t wait to guard him next year. Good luck with that, Norman.
For now, it doesn’t seem like anything is going to bring the Raptors off their high of winning their first NBA championship.
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