The Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) fired manager Nick Nurse (56).
On the 22nd (Korean time), the Raptors announced their parting ways with the Nurses under the name of Ujiri Masai. Previously, local media such as ‘ESPN’ reported it first, citing sources.
Promoted from coach to head coach in 2018, the Nurses recorded a record of 227 wins and 163 losses over the past five seasons.
In the 2018-19 season, which was the first season, he led the team to the league championship. They made it to the playoffs twice more, but never made it past the conference semifinals.
This season, with a record of 41 wins and 41 losses, they advanced to the seeding match at 9th place in the Eastern Conference, but were eliminated after losing to the Chicago Bulls.
According to ESPN, the Nurses currently have one year left on their manager’s contract and were expected to earn upwards of $8 million in salary.
“The decision to make this change was never made easily or lightly,” Ujiri said in his statement. It is even more so if you are a person who has achieved the most historic achievements of our club and has consistently led the team in the most difficult times. This is an opportunity for us to reset and refocus by signing the players and people who will give the team the next championship.”
ESPN reported that former Boston coach Eme Udoka is a strong candidate for the next head coach. Udoka is known to have a long-standing relationship with President Ujiri.
Udoka received a one-year suspension for violating club rules ahead of the start of the 2022-23 season. He is currently out of position as acting manager Joe Mazzula became the official manager.
After becoming free,먹튀검증 Nurse plans to find a new path. ESPN reported that Nurse was included in the list of candidates for the new manager of the Houston Rockets.