NBA championship-winning coach Nick Nurse plans to lead Canada at this year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.
Nurse guided the Raptors to their first title after dethroning the two-time defending champion Warriors.
With a championship under his belt, Nurse is now set to coach a Canada team potentially boasting Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Murray and Cory Joseph when the World Cup starts in August.
“I’m getting ready to take another situation soon because I think it’s going to make me a better coach,” the 51-year-old — who landed the Larry O’Brien Trophy in his rookie season — told reporters Sunday.
Pressed on whether he was talking about Canada, who is looking for a new coach after Jay Triano stepped down in March, Nurse confirmed a deal was “just about done”.
Nurse added: “It’s something I’m looking forward to doing… I learned a lot as a coach in that run and I’m hoping this experience will do the same.
“It’s a unique time with the World Cup and the Olympics within a short 13- to 14-month window. And it fits in OK. I’m just giving up some vacation time.”
Canada will come up against Australia, led by 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons, Lithuania and Senegal in Group H at the World Cup.