Beginning Friday, head coach Nick Nurse and five other members of the Toronto Raptors coaching staff will be unable to work from the sideline due to the NBA's health and safety protocols, the team today announced.
The team's official statement reads as follows:
Due to health and safety protocols, six members of the Toronto Raptors' coaching staff, including head coach Nick Nurse, will not be on the bench beginning with Friday's game vs. Houston. They will continue to work remotely, and details on their return will be communicated when appropriate.
Raptors general manager Bobby Webster will speak Friday at 5:45 p.m., during the head coach's pregame availability window.
The team has also announced that assistant coach Sergio Scariolo will assume head coaching duties in Nurse's absence. According to TSN's Josh Lewenberg, Scariolo had just cleared quarantine protocols this morning after being away from the team while coaching the Spanish National Team at the EuroBasket qualifiers in Poland earlier this month.
This is the first such instance of the season in which the league's health and safety protocols have prevented a head coach and multiple staff members from a game this season.
The Raptors, who are currently 16-17, have not had any games postponed up to this point in the 2020-21 NBA season. Toronto has four more games before pausing for the All-Star break, with the 2021 All-Star Game set for Sunday, Mar. 7.
Toronto's first-half schedule concludes on Thursday, Mar. 4.
- Friday, Feb. 26, vs. Houston Rockets, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Sunday, Feb. 28, vs. Chicago Bulls, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Tuesday, Mar. 2, vs. Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Thursday, Mar. 4 at Boston Celtics, 7:00 p.m. ET
Following the All-Star break, the Raptors return to action on Thursday, Mar. 11 when they host the Atlanta Hawks.
NBA.com will continue to provide updates on this developing situation, including updates surrounding the potential return of coaching staff members and who will coach from the sideline.