The Toronto Raptors have fired their former head coach.

According to reporter Shams Charania of 메이저사이트『The Athletic』, on the 22nd (Korean time), Toronto announced that Nick Nulls had been sacked.

Toronto has decided not to work with the Nurses, who won the first championship in club history. Now we need to find a new leader. Former director Yuduka Ime is being mentioned as a candidate.

Toronto finished the season with a 41-41 record. They placed ninth in the Eastern Conference and entered the play-in tournament, but failed to advance to the playoffs. Toronto has been at a crossroads this season. It could have been reorganized, but after much thought, it chose to maintain its power. However, the challenge was in vain as they failed to make it to the playoffs.

During the season, it was expected that Pascal Siakam as well as Fred VanVleet could be traded. However, Toronto did not trade them. There must have been a lot of inquiries about them ahead of the trade deadline. However, Toronto took the challenge for the last time this season, but failed to achieve the desired results. It was also because of the injuries suffered by key players at the beginning of the season.

The Nurses took over as Toronto’s head coach in the summer of 2018. After firing former head coach Dwayne Casey, he appointed him as head coach. In his first year, he had a good record of 58 wins and 24 losses, and won the first championship in club history. However, as the years went by, grades declined. In the 2020-2021 season, the main players suffered from a series of injuries, and only 27 wins and 45 losses.

In the last two seasons, including this season, we have harvested more than 40 wins. However, he fell short of seeking more than a playoff berth. Kawhi Leonard (Clippers), who was with him at the time of the championship, left the team immediately. Afterwards, Norman Powell (Clippers) and Kyle Lowry (Miami) were sorted out, and a team centered on Siakam and Van Vleet was built, but it showed limitations.

It is known that the Toronto management expressed regret over the lack of fostering of the Nursing coach’s bench power. There was a difference of opinion on the matter, and it seems that they finally decided to break up. As the Nurses manager is sacked, other clubs looking for a new manager are expected to contact him. The Houston Rockets have shown interest in him before.

The Nurses spent 10 seasons alone in Toronto, including his coaching career. Having digested five seasons as a manager, he recorded 227 wins and 163 losses in 390 regular season games and 25 wins and 16 losses in 41 playoff games. He maintained a fairly high win rate. In the 2019-2020 season, the second year since he took the baton, he was selected as the manager of the year for the first time in his life.

Meanwhile, reporter Marc Stein of The Stein Line announced that the Nurses would retain the coaching of the Canadian national team. Canada has qualified for the 2023 Basketball World Cup this summer. He is expected to lead Canada in the upcoming World Cup. In addition, Canada is aiming to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. He has been coaching Canada since 2019.

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