Nurse, Raptors dealing with off-season like no other as uncertainty reigns


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Plus there’s Nurse’s duties as head coach of the Canadian national team, a squad hoping to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since 2000. Will there be a last-chance tournament in Victoria? Will there be an Olympics at all? Nobody knows at this point.

With vast experience coaching overseas and in minor leagues, where rosters, finances and sometimes even rules changed often on the fly, Nurse is used to having few things set in stone. Perhaps that’s why he’s staying positive.

“I know it’s a little weird, a little over the calendar and stuff (of a normal year), but we’ll try to replicate because we love what we’ve been able to do in the off-seasons here for many years and we’ll try to replicate it as best we can,” Nurse said.

“Obviously, Bobby and Masai and the crew, we’re talking about the team, for what the team will look like, and all that kind of stuff. That’s certainly an ongoing process.

I just just literally got off a Zoom call with my staff about, ‘it’s going to be, it’s not quite time yet, we’re still decompressing, but in a couple weeks, it’s going to be time to get into our offseason development program and start figuring out where our guys are going to be and how we’re going to get to them and make them better,” Nurse said.

“And then Canada is the same you’re just trying to, just trying to stay in the loop with all these guys, especially the leaders, (bosses) Glen (Grunwald) and Rowan (Barrett) and see what the forecast looks like for now. And again, I’m just hoping we can get back to playing normal and getting on a schedule and I’m hoping there will be a Tokyo, and hoping there will be an Olympic qualifier tournament,” he said.