After casting a large internet looking for Nick Nurse’s substitute, the Toronto Raptors have settled on an unlikely alternative because the workforce’s new head coach.
Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors have employed Memphis Grizzlies assistant Darko Rajakovic to man the sidelines.
Together with Rajakovic, Toronto interviewed over a dozen candidates, together with assistants Kenny Atkinson, Charles Lee, Kevin Younger, Mitch Johnson, Jordi Fernandez, Adrian Griffin and WNBA coach Becky Hammon. Toronto even met with former NBA veteran JJ Redick, proving the thoroughness of the Raptors’ search.
Rajakovic has spent the final three seasons as an assistant below Taylor Jenkins in Memphis, the place he performed a major function within the Grizzlies’ success. Taylor just lately mentioned that having Rajakovic on the employees “added a lot” for a Grizzlies’ workforce that completed with the second-best document (51-31) within the Western Convention throughout the 2022-23 common season .
“I depend on Darko a lot,” Jenkins advised Damichael Cole of the Memphis Industrial Enchantment. “He is obtained a ardour for the sport, he is obtained a lot power. It is every thing from how he handles participant growth, from movie work, how he assaults opponent’s scouting.”
Rajakovic’s first teaching job within the States got here within the G-League, main the Tulsa 66ers for 2 seasons from 2012-204. After spending six seasons as an assistant with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder (2014-2019), Rajakovic made a short cease with the Phoenix Suns (2019-2020) earlier than becoming a member of the Grizzlies in 2020.