Nick Nurse Joins Toronto Raptors as an Assistant



July 10, 2013

MCALLEN, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Vipers head coach Nick Nurse joined the Toronto Raptors as an assistant on their coaching staff under head coach Dwane Casey, as announced Tuesday, July 9. Nurse was the fourth head coach in RGV Vipers history.

In two seasons as the Vipers head coach, Nurse guided the Vipers to a 59-41 overall record. During the 2012-13 season, Rio Grande Valley set a 35-14 franchise win-record. At the end of the season, the Vipers used a 16-game winning streak to win the 2013 NBA Development League Championship over the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Nurse also coached 2013 NBA Development League MVP Andrew Goudelock, who received a GATORADE Call-Up to the Los Angeles Lakers during the first round of the NBA D-League Playoffs. The Vipers received a total of seven call-ups during the 2012-13 season and concluded the season by winning the NBA D-League Development Champions award, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent via call-ups and assignments.

“We are extremely excited that the diligent work, commitment and talent of Nick Nurse has been recognized by the Toronto Raptors, as he has been given a high level assistant coach position within that organization. We were very fortunate to have Nick as a part of the Houston Rockets/RGV Vipers family, including one of the most successful seasons in franchise history as Nick played a vital role in bringing the NBA D-League championship back to the Valley this past season,” said Gersson Rosas, Executive Vice President of Operations for the Houston Rockets/RGV Vipers General Manager. “This opportunity was long overdue and we are proud that the organization's commitment to developing players, coaches and staff for the NBA continues with this latest call up for Nick in Toronto, as he joins a long and diverse list of RGV Vipers in the NBA.”

Prior to joining the Vipers, Nurse spent four seasons and won the 2011 NBA D-League Championship with the Iowa Energy. Nurse also served as an assistant for the British National Team at the 2012 London Olympics under for Vipers head coach and current Rockets assistant coach Chris Finch.

Nurse served as the head coach of the NBA D-League Select Team during the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League and as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls’ 2009 NBA Summer League team. He also served as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks Summer Pro Team in 2000.

“I would like to say thank you to the fans, owners, staff and players at the RGV Vipers! I loved the two years I spent with the Vipers. The Rio Grande Valley is a great place and I will visit often. Go Vipers!” said Nick Nurse.

The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 17 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.