The Toronto Raptors made a somewhat shocking decision when they fired Nick Nurse.
The coach had raised the team’s ceiling and had a winning record in all but one season in charge of the organization, but some felt like he had already outstayed his welcome up north.
And now that Masai Ujiri is reportedly leaving no stone unturned in his pursuit of a new coach, Michael Grange of Sportsnet recently reported that they’re even considering former NBA player JJ Redick as a potential candidate.
Toronto has looked into the possibility of JJ Reddick as being head coach material, per @michaelgrange pic.twitter.com/Bx41wHWeMl
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) May 10, 2023
Redick was a lifelong NBA veteran with plenty of playoff experience, and he was considered one of the greatest shooters in modern basketball history.
He comes with a high pedigree after a remarkable career as a Duke Blue Devil, later playing for the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans, and Dallas Mavericks.
Redick averaged north of 12 points per game and shot 41.5 from beyond the arc through his 15-year career, even leading the league in three-point percentage (47.5%) in the 2015-16 season.
He comes with the knowledge and experience that one might need to help a young team develop and reach its potential, at least as a basketball player.
However, he lacks coaching experience and is currently thriving as a play-by-play analyst, not to mention his successful podcast and constant appearances on ESPN.
Redick might not want to walk away from the media right now, especially if he doesn’t have any sort of coaching experience, but he’d be an interesting candidate, that’s for sure.NEXT: The Raptors Are Interviewing An Intriguing Young Coach