This is a fascinating, albeit somewhat lengthy, article on how Nick Nurse took his many years’ experience in the BBL to become the Head coach of the Toronto Raptors – where he’s currently trying to get them to their first ever NBA finals.
For anyone who remembers seeing Nick around the BBL this is a very enjoyable read with lots of familiar names contributing from past and present. There’s also some things I never knew, like Nick’s assistant coach in Toronto is a fellow BBL alumni – Phil Handy.
He did kill off Brighton Bears, I can’t disagree, but I do believe his intentions were always good. It’s just that he threw caution to the wind with a lot of what he did. A lot of high stakes gambles, that unfortunately the didn’t always pay off. Some did though.
The article also gives the full address of the house Derby provided him during his time there… I wonder if the current residents have any idea that the current Head Coach of the Toronto Raptors, one of the most successful teams in the NBA right now, used to live there.
Re Phil Handy, I recollect (pre-internet) when the BBL would (incredibly) get weekly game reports in most of the broadsheets. On my way home from work I would often call in at the supermarket to stand and read thru those reports.
To the puzzlement of fellow newspaper-lingerers, I actually laughed out loud when reading the Giants report post-match quote from Nurse who baldly stated "Handy was ****", with those very words being printed uncensored. Sorry, because of this board's auto-censor maybe I should have written "Eartha Kitt", but Nurse didn't use ryhming slang, though arguably that may have been even funnier...
All these years later this recollection still makes I laugh...
That was a good read and incredibly detailed. Reading about how he'd travel all over to scout games or find somewhere to play, reminds me of a time he actually came along to a scrimmage session a few of us used to run most Sundays in Littlehampton. We played a few games against other Sussex teams and called ourselves the Brighton Spares. For Nick to actually want to come along to that on his free Sunday evening and play with a bunch of rank amateurs like us just goes to show what a bball junkie he is!
If the Raptors can re-sign Leonard then Nick has a chance at winning an NBA championship which would be incredible. It's not going to be this year but hopefully he'll get a decent run there (more than 3 years seems to be doing well these days in the NBA for coaches!)
Going to Brighton to see them play in the International Centre (with a full house, and lots of off court entertainment) is still one of my BBL highlights. I thought at the time,he has got so much right with the set up there and surely this must be the benchmark for othe BBL clubs. Maybe it is now like that at the new Newcastle Arena.
rutlandrider: Riders have released Phil Leonard- was on a temporary contract apparently.
Nov 14, 2017 16:04:38 GMT
chickenbroncitis: a good result to beat the sharks. Hopefully Lions getting rid of that coach will give us a good play off push and put us in the mix with the Eagles and Riders where we should be
Jan 7, 2018 23:32:15 GMT
gonk: March madness bracket competition - see sticky for details
Mar 8, 2018 21:23:43 GMT
ballerman: And there's our problem. You really only care about your own club. The Leicester cheer leader only cares about the competition his team plays in.
Jul 8, 2018 7:36:46 GMT
ballerman: Yesterday at the regional development tournament, there was no West Midlands girls team and the East beat the North East 60-0. The North East have TWO WBBL teams and a number of national teams coaches. But if you read the BE report, it's a fantastic even
Jul 8, 2018 7:38:32 GMT
ballerman: Fiddling and Rome burning come to mind
Jul 8, 2018 7:38:47 GMT
roc23: Niem Stevenson is now a RIDER!
Jul 8, 2018 15:44:25 GMT
sporty: latest from the local newspaper
Aug 9, 2018 11:27:23 GMT
oddi: Andre Drummond WENDELL CARTER Lonnie Walker Sabons Inghram Huerter Ball Booker Mitchell Fox Bogdanovic Swanigan
Sept 17, 2018 11:02:54 GMT
Solly: "I thought it was a great day out, and it appeared like those around me (basketball fans new and old) did too. And for the haters, it’s back to proper basketball now… and everything that comes with it… smaller crowds, no television coverage etc. etc."
Oct 15, 2018 14:54:19 GMT