Raptors’ Nick Nurse reveals his thoughts on NBA’s bubble policy on family visits for coaches
Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse admitted to reporters on Saturday that he probably wouldn’t have brought his family to the bubble had coaches been given the option.
However, Nurse understands why Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone is upset at the NBA since being away from your family for an extended period of time can be emotionally draining, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports.
Nurse said he probably wouldn't have brought his family to the bubble had coaches been given the option (he didn't feel like it would be a great atmosphere for kids), but that Mike Malone made great points yesterday – many coaches/staff are affected by not having loved ones there
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) September 5, 2020
In the wake of Malone’s comments, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle—who is the president of the Coaches Association—replied that they are hoping to “add additional family members” by the conference finals.
Nick Nurse and the Raptors are currently down 2-1 to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs. While the reigning Coach of the Year certainly misses his family, it appears Nurse is channeling his inner Jimmy Butler and treating this as a business trip.
Butler told Miami Heat reporters he didn’t want his family with him at Disney World since he doesn’t want anything distracting him from winning the title.
It’s a little strange, though, that the NBA didn’t allow coaches to bring families but permitted players and refs. The league has done a terrific job with the bubble setup, but this is one aspect that is pretty confusing, to say the least.