None of These Noteworthy Coaches Ever Played Professionally

Nick Nurse

Nick Nurse’s path in becoming a title-winning head coach took a number of twists and turns. Nurse played as a college basketball player at Northern Iowa. Despite being a deadeye three-point shooter, his NBA prospects were slim and none. He bounced around the states as a college basketball coach before eventually heading to the U.K. While in England, Nurse spent seven years of his formative coaching career at various spots all across the country.

Eventually coming back home stateside, Nurse latched on as a G-League coach. After a spell with the Toronto Raptors as an assistant, he was then ultimately promoted to the head coach spot. The rest, as they say, is history.

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