BREAKING: Nick Nurse Decides On His New NBA Home

Nick Nurse had a few great opportunities—and superstars—to choose from for his next head coaching gig, and today he's decided to choose Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Nurse led the Toronto Raptors to the NBA championship in 2019, and won the coach of year award for their follow-up season in 2020. He was dismissed at the end of the 2022-23 season, after a five-year run as the head man with the Dinos. 

Nurse had also been in consideration for the Phoenix Suns' job, and the Milwaukee Bucks', until he pulled out late last week, setting up his assistant in Toronto, Adrian Griffin, to take that job.

This is the second time that Sixers president Daryl Morey has hired Nurse; he tabbed him in the 2011-12 season to coach the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Houston Rockets' NBA G League affiliate. 

The Sixers parted ways with Doc Rivers after yet another failed playoff showing this season, and now will go forward with the man who helped author one of their most heartbreaking playoff defeats back in 2019, on the infamous Kawhi Leonard four-bounce rim shot. 

Nurse had a .582 winning percentage in his five seasons in Toronto, 227-163. He also had a 25-16 record in the playoffs. 

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