Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse is allowing assistant Adrian Griffin to take over the squad for Wednesday’s game against the Philerselphia 76ers, the team announced about 90 minutes before the start of the attack.
Griffin thanked the nurse for the opportunity during the availability of preliminary media.
“I think [Nurse] is a wonderful human being, “Griffin said.”; He understands that a coach like me needs some repetition to be a head coach. He knows my ambition and wants to see me grow as an individual inside and outside the court. It’s a great gesture from the coach. He approached me with it. It simply shows what kind of character the Nurse Coach has. We have a first class organization for a reason. “
Griffin’s coaching career began shortly after his nine-year career in the NBA ended in 2008. He coached in Milwaukee, Chicago, Orlando and Oklahoma City before joining the Raptors in 2018.
“Just like when athletes and basketball players are training over the summer, there is nothing compared to the state of the game,” Griffin said. “You can do whatever you want, but until you get into those games and get up on the court, it’s the same way. Equivalent to an assistant coach going to that chair. You do all the training you can in practice. “But it’s good to get those repetitions of the game.”
Griffin said he is not trying to “discover the wheel” when it comes to training.
“I will just try and execute the plan given by the Trainer Nurse,” Griffin said. “It’s a great plan to follow and I will let the cards fall where they can.”
The Nurse is not the first coach to slip on a chair in the NBA bubble, though he is the first to do so in a regular season game. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich allowed assistants Becky Hammon, Mitch Johnson and Will Hardy to coach Spurs in their three bad games last month.