As the Raptors continue their coaching search after firing title-winning head coach Nick Nurse, an interesting name has been linked to the open position.
According to a report from Michael Grange of Sportsnetthe Raptors are “looking at the possibility” of hiring the ESPN analyst JJ Redick as the team’s new coach. Redick was listed among Grange’s “wild card” candidates, a list that also included former Toronto coach Dwane Casey.
Aces coach Becky Hammon has also been linked as a strong candidate for the position due to her NBA ties as an assistant under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio and her rapid success at the WNBA level in Las Vegas where she has guided the Aces to the a championship.
As for Redick, his name emerged as a candidate after expressing interest in coaching him one day. Old Man & The Threepodcast. Since retiring from the NBA two seasons ago, the 38-year-old has launched a successful media career with his popular podcast, his appearance as a studio analyst on ESPN and his work as a color commentator on sports. of the NBA for the network.
The Raptors fired Nick Nurse last month with one year left on his contract after a 41-41 season. Nurse led the franchise to its first NBA title in 2019 behind star player Kawhi Leonard, but Toronto has failed to reach the conference finals in each of the past four seasons.