Canada Basketball extends head coach Nurse through 2024
Canada Basketball has signed senior men's national team head coach Nick Nurse to a contract extension through 2024, the organization announced Monday.
"Extending Nick is an important first step for our senior men’s national team program as they pursue a spot on the podium at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 and at the 2024 Paris Olympic Games," Canada Basketball president and CEO Glen Grunwald said in a statement. "From the coaching staff to those players selected to represent Canada, we recognize that consistency and familiarity is critical for this program to continue its progress toward those goals."
Since taking over in 2019, Nurse has coached the team during the FIBA Basketball World Cup, and most recently at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Victoria, British Columbia.
The 54-year-old is also the bench boss of the Toronto Raptors, and he's logged more than a decade of experience coaching on the international stage. Nurse coached during the Olympics as an assistant with Great Britain in 2012 as well.
"We believe that to get where we are going we need to layout a three-year commitment - from today to Paris 2024 - and players need to decide that yes, they are in," Nurse said. "We need to lay out what’s waiting on the other side, and how we’ll invest in their journey."
Canada has missed five straight Olympics after last qualifying in 2000.
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