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Rapture Synopsis

As a rookie head coach leading a franchise that, though on a steady climb upwards, had largely been dismissed by the sports media, NBA fans had low expectations for Nick Nurse and his Raptors. But what those naysayers didn't realise was that Nurse had spent the past thirty years proving himself at every level of the game, from youth programs and college ball, to the NBA G League and Britain's struggling pro circuit. While few coaches have taken such a circuitous path to pro basketball's promise land, the journey-- which began at Keumper Catholic high school in Carroll, Iowa -- forged a coach who proved to be as unshakeable as he is personable. On the road, he is now known to bring his guitar and keyboard for late-night jazz and blues sessions. In the locker room, he's steadfast and even-keeled regardless of the score. On the court, he pulls out old school, underrated plays with astounding success. A rookie in name but a veteran in attitude, Nurse is seemingly above the chaos of the game and, with two seasons on his resume, -has established himself, incredibly, as one of the NBA's most admired head coaches. Now, in this revealing new book - which will be equal parts personal memoir, leadership manifesto, and philosophical meditation - Nurse tells his own story, while also whisking readers inside the Raptors' locker room and coach's office for an intimate study of the team culture he has built and promises to sustain. As much for readers of Ray Dalio as for fans of John Wooden and Pat Summit, the result promises to become necessary for anyone looking to forge their own path to success.

Rapture Press Reviews

When the Toronto Raptors clinched our country's first NBA Championship in the spring of 2019, they created a once-in-a-lifetime moment that brought Canadians together. Through Coach Nick's leadership and vision, this hard-fought victory brought us to our feet, inspired heroes and role models for our children, and united us all. The Raptors are truly Canada's team - and we're proud of the exceptional role Coach Nick plays. --The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada There's plenty in this book for everyone. Whether you're a coach, player or just a curious person, Nick's journey reveals many lessons in the pursuit of personal growth and excellence - and the benefits that accrue to those willing to bet on themselves. --Steve Nash, eight-time NBA All-Star Nick Nurse didn't just work his way to the top. He lead his way to the top. He's won everywhere he's been as a coach for a reason. His leadership, story and principles will encourage and empower you. This book is a must read! --Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Power of Positive Leadership

Book Information

ISBN: 9780316540179
Publication date: 29th October 2020
Author: Nick Nurse, Michael Sokolove, Phil Jackson
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Basketball, Autobiography: sport,

About Nick Nurse, Michael Sokolove, Phil Jackson

Nick Nurse, born and raised in Carroll, Iowa, is an American basketball coach and is currently coaching the Toronto Raptors in the NBA. Michael Sokolove is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of seven previous books.

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