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"Why the Sixers' Hiring of Nick Nurse Signals a New Era of Coaching in the NBA"

“Why the Sixers’ Hiring of Nick Nurse Signals a New Era of Coaching in the NBA”

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Nick Nurse to Coach Philadelphia 76ers


Nick Nurse, the former head coach of the Toronto Raptors has been confirmed as the new coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. This move comes after a particularly competitive coaching cycle where Nurse was coveted by multiple teams, including the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. Nurse has a successful coaching record, having won championships and coach of the year awards at every level, and he takes over a team anchored by reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid. However, the team faces several looming roster decisions, including the future of star guard James Harden.

Nurse’s Coaching Career

Nurse has experienced an intriguing basketball journey, going from the British Basketball League to becoming an NBA assistant before being elevated to the Raptors’ head coaching position after Dwane Casey’s firing following the 2017-18 season. Nurse led the Raptors to victory in the 2019 NBA Championship, becoming the only coach in franchise history to achieve this feat. The following season, he was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year. Even during his tenure in Toronto, Nurse helped players like Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, and Scottie Barnes become All-Stars, while OG Anunoby became one of the league’s premier perimeter defenders. Also, Nurse’s unconventional lineup featuring a bevy of like-sized wing players with length and athleticism allowed the Raptors to play aggressive defense.

Expectations for the Sixers

Nurse takes over a Sixers team that has reached the playoffs in each of the last four seasons but has failed to advance past the second round in any of those campaigns. The Sixers also have to make some crucial roster decisions this off-season, including the future of star guard James Harden, whose future is uncertain. However, Nurse’s experience developing players, like his successful stint with the Raptors in that regard, and his reputation for schematic creativity and preparation could help Philadelphia break through their playoff ceiling.

Nurse Reunites with Daryl Morey

This hiring also reunites Nurse with Sixers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey, who was previously with the Houston Rockets’ organization. Nurse was the coach of the Rockets’ D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers for two seasons, winning the title in 2013. His offensive style, predicated on floor-spacing and driving and kicking out for three-pointers, already aligned with the Rockets’ philosophy. However, Nurse said he received the freedom to use that environment as a “laboratory,” and those tactics stuck with him as he moved to the Raptors’ staff.


Nurse’s hiring offers the Sixers the potential for a new era of success under his guidance. With the right decision-making from the Sixers‘ front office and a dynamic coaching style, Nurse could potentially achieve the success that the franchise and its fans crave.


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