Raptors coach Nurse opens door to his journey to NBA champion in ‘Rapture’


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Either way I would say that as long as you are not related (and even then his own sister admitted to him that she learned stuff about him she didn’t know) or have known him since he was a wee lad growing up in Carroll, Iowa, there is plenty you will learn about Nurse and his Raptors from these 250 so pages.

Many will assume the book was a knee-jerk reaction to the Raptors championship year of 2018-19 in which Nurse, as a first-time NBA head coach, helped lead a team suddenly blessed with he addition of an NBA superstar in Kawhi Leonard all the way to the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

That assumption would be dead wrong.

The project in fact started even before Nurse was named head coach and was initially supposed to be about that journey from a small-town Iowa basketball coach to holding one of only 30 jobs at the very height of the profession.

In a way it still is very much about that but there’s no getting around that championship which obviously took the narrative in a different direction, for much of the second half of the book anyway.

The idea for the book stemmed from an interview Nurse did with a reporter from his hometown paper over three years ago. With the Raptors in Indianapolis, Brandon Hurley, fairly fresh out of college, sold his editor on a story about Nurse who was then an assistant to Dwane Casey.

Hurley pitched the idea and it quickly steamrolled.

“It was so weird how it all came about to be honest with you,” Nurse said. “He (Hurley) kind of started in on it and then I ended up with (famed literary agent) David Black. I literally had just got the (head coaching) job and I was thinking, ‘Yeah we might get to it’ and then the next thing I know Black is asking me to meet (Michael) Sokolove and off we went. Then the season happened so that was a good part of it too.”