Raptors: Nurse Nick can’t wait to get back to work with Masai Ujiri

Laurie Ewing, Canadian Press

TORONTO – Shortly after Nick Norse met the media at Monday’s Raptors update, the Toronto FC coach was planning to speak with team boss Masai Ujiri.

They plan to review the season and think about questions like: Could a nurse do better as a coach? Can players give more? What elements is the club missing?

The nurse also completely dismissed the rumors that sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers management.

“I don’t know where these things come from,” he said. I’m focused on coaching this team.”

The nurse has two more years to join an agreement struck in the fall of 2020.

A nurse interviewed the media for 40 minutes, four days after six eliminations against the Sixers in the first round.

The nurse said the low expectations season was still going well – ‘excellent’.

A young brigade overcame injuries and tasks associated with the epidemic, and ranked fifth in the East.

The Raptors went on to get their fair share of big wins — mostly via a blue-collar mentality, a legacy not least by Kyle Lowry, who moved to the Miami Heat.

The nurse is looking forward to returning to work with Ojiri, en route to 2022-23.

“I’m ready to get back into the game (to be a contender for the championship),” said a nurse. I do this work to be a winner. Masai and I have a great relationship: we share the same goal, to win the title.

The question is, how do we get there? I have a feeling he works there every day, like me. Having that same goal is very important to me.”

Montrealer Chris Boucher will get autonomy. At the draft level, Toronto will only have the 33rd selection next month.

A group assembled around Fred Vanfleet and Pascal Siakam signed 48 wins, including several in the second half of the season.

Scotty Barnes was the best new player in the NBA. Other young players, such as Gary Trent and Precious Achiuwa, also starred.

“Sometimes you are not sure what it will be like when you have all these new faces,” said a nurse. Utilizing our tall players, passing passes, grabbing offensive rebounds, versatility and mobility in defense – that was kind of our vision this season.

“The more it went on, the more men added tools to their arsenal. They came to master many things.”

Barnes praised Barnes, who put together a fourth draft last year.

“I spoke to his coach (with Florida State, Leonard Hamilton) and he had a lot of great things to say about him – his love of the game, his personality, what a great teammate he is. I saw how true that was.”

The 20-year-old Barnes averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. In the qualifiers, he supported Sikkam as a starting goalkeeper, when Van Vliet missed two matches due to a thigh injury.

A nurse said he had very few typical moments for such a young player.

“Here and there but a lot of times he’s brilliantly correcting it before the match is over. He was great. He has a very bright future. His personality shines through, and he really enjoys being a part of the Toronto Raptors. No wonder so many people love Scotty.”

Siakam was also excellent, returning to himself after a dip that started to bubble, and after overcoming a lackluster start to the season, after shoulder surgery. The nurse and his colleagues praised his leadership.

“It has surprised me a lot this season that he played 43 minutes, 30 points and 10 rebounds and the next day he was in the gym at 8:00 am. I am tired of just watching him go,” the nurse said with a smile.

“I’d say the same about Kawhi (Leonard): He understands what a work day is like, for a player he wants to be at the next level. Nothing derails that mindset, not even from a very demanding game. And all with a smile on your face.”

Ojiri will meet with the media on Tuesday morning at the Raptors training facility.

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