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New Raptors coach reveals plan to get ball in Kyle Lowry’s hands more

Kyle Lowry, Nick Nurse

The Toronto Raptors just named their new head coach. First on the coach’s list is star guard Kyle Lowry. He intends to give him a more active role on offense.

Nick Nurse, who was the Raptors’ assistant coach for the past five years, was named as the team’s head coach. As reported by Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports, Nurse said:

“I love him. I’ve never seen a guy compete the way he competes. There is a lot to love about the way he plays and what he’s brought us all.”

He added that the guard made a lot of sacrifices on offense last year. He intends to give him the ball more often now.

Apart from his NBA experience, Nurse has also spent time in the G League where he coached the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2011-13) and the Iowa Energy (2007-11). He has the most playoff victories in the league’s history with a 15-6 (.714) record.

Upon being minted as the Raptors’ head coach, Nurse said, per NBA.com:

“I’m proud to take on the role of head coach of the Toronto Raptors, and to continue to work with the exceptional players we have here,” Nurse said. “I’m grateful to Masai, Bobby, Larry Tanenbaum and the MLSE ownership for this opportunity. Toronto and the Raptors organization has been my home for the past five years, and I’ve watched this group grow and succeed together. I’m looking forward to more of that this season, and to working towards our shared goal, which is to earn the right to call ourselves NBA Champions.”