Report: 76ers reach agreement with Nick Nurse to become next head coach
The Philadelphia 76ers have found their next lead man.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, former Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has reached an agreement to become the next head coach in Philadelphia.
ESPN Sources: Nick Nurse has reached an agreement to become the next coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Nurse — who won an NBA championship and a coach of year award with Toronto — now gets to coach the 2023 MVP Joel Embiid. pic.twitter.com/SrsXhzx7Y3— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 29, 2023
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Nurse, who won an NBA title with Toronto in 2019, takes over for Doc Rivers, who was fired after Philadelphia’s second-round collapse to Boston. His connections to Sixers’ President of Basketball Operations, Daryl Morey, made the Sixers a prime destination for his services.
Nurse’s outside-the-box coaching style, with his player development and playoff experience, could benefit the Sixers, who haven’t been to the Eastern Conference Finals since the Allen Iverson-led days in 2001.
As one the most successful coaches in defending Joel Embiid, it’ll be Nurse’s task to extract the most out of his superstar, who turns 30 years of age next season. Nurse reportedly chose the Sixers over the Phoenix Suns’ open vacancy and will become the 26th head coach in franchise history.
Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray | USA Today Sports