Everyone assumed that if the Toronto Raptors didn’t find serious success this season then big changes would be coming.
Sure enough, those changes have begun.
Just days after losing in the play-in tournament, head coach Nick Nurse was fired by the team, which might be the first of many adjustments the front office makes this summer.
Shams Charania shed some light on why that firing was inevitable.
“This team did not live up to the expectations – they did not even make the playoffs, they lost in the play-in tournament game… They feel like they needed a new voice with this roster,” Charania said on FanDuel TV.
“This team did not live up to the expectations – they did not even make the playoffs, they lost in the play-in tournament game… They feel like they needed a new voice with this roster”@ShamsCharania on Nick Nurse fired by #Raptors#RunItBack #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/1Hne9k6FXq
— FanDuel TV (@FanDuelTV) April 25, 2023
Charania reminded viewers that Nurse, who led the Raptors to a championship win back in 2018-19, is a very successful and talented coach.
There is a reason why he was one of the highest-paid coaches in the NBA.
He has the talent, as does the team’s roster.
That is precisely why he was let go.
When all the pieces for greatness are there and a team still comes up short, the front office is right to shake things up and figure out why success is eluding them.
Nurse will find another job in the NBA and he might find one soon.
Many analysts believe he will be front-and-center in multiple head coaching searches over the next few months.
Now it’s time to see what the Raptors do with their roster.
Will some of the big names in the lineup also leave the team?
Will we be looking at a radically-changed Raptors when the new season begins?
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