Raptors staff to coach remotely due to COVID-19 protocols

William Lou
·NBA reporter
·1 min read

The Toronto Raptors coaching staff, including Nick Nurse and five other members, will coach remotely after being placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols, the league announced Friday.

Nurse and his shorthanded staff will coach their first game remotely during Friday's contest against the Houston Rockets. Raptors general manager Bobby Webster will speak to media at 5:45 p.m. during the standard pre-game interview slot that is allotted for the head coach.

TAMPA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 21: Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse looks on during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Amalie Arena on February 21, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
Nick Nurse will not be on the bench for the Raptors on Friday due to the NBA's COVID-19 protocols. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

It's unclear how the Raptors staff came in contact with the virus, or if there is a positive test within the team. The Raptors have been unwilling to share any health information. The Raptors played their last game on Wednesday on the road against the Miami Heat. The team did not hold practice on Thursday, although it's not uncommon for players to still come in for extra work on off-days.

Nurse's staff was already shorthanded, having lost lead assistant Chris Finch to the Minnesota Timberwolves earlier this week, and with Sergio Scariolo still in quarantine after leaving to coach the Spanish National Team at a qualifier in Poland.

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