As a rookie head coach leading a franchise that, though on a steady climb upwards, had largely been dismissed by the sports media, NBA fans had low expectations for Nick Nurse and his Raptors. But what those naysayers didn’t realise was that Nurse had spent the past thirty years proving himself at every level of the game, from youth programs and college ball, to the NBA G League and Britain’s struggling pro circuit. While few coaches have taken such a circuitous path to pro basketball’s promise land, the journey– which began at Keumper Catholic high school in Carroll, Iowa — forged a coach who proved to be as unshakeable as he is personable.
On the road, he is now known to bring his guitar and keyboard for late-night jazz and blues sessions. In the locker room, he’s steadfast and even-keeled regardless of the score. On the court, he pulls out old school, underrated plays with astounding success. A rookie in name but a veteran in attitude, Nurse is seemingly above the chaos of the game and, with two seasons on his resume, -has established himself, incredibly, as one of the NBA’s most admired head coaches.
Now, in this revealing new book – which will be equal parts personal memoir, leadership manifesto, and philosophical meditation – Nurse tells his own story, while also whisking readers inside the Raptors’ locker room and coach’s office for an intimate study of the team culture he has built and promises to sustain. As much for readers of Ray Dalio as for fans of John Wooden and Pat Summit, the result promises to become necessary for anyone looking to forge their own path to success.