Philadelphia 76ers logo May 11, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; General view of center court with the Philadelphia 76ers logo before game six of the 2023 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers began a new era Monday, reaching an agreement with Nick Nurse to become the team’s new head coach.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news, although the 55-year-old coach had been a heavy favorite to land the job.

Nurse had also been a leading candidate for the open jobs with the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns.

Nurse posted a 227-163 record and won an NBA championship in five seasons with the Toronto Raptors. Toronto parted ways with Nurse in April after a 41-41 season that saw the Raptors fall short in the NBA Play-In Tournament.

Nurse faces huge expectations in Philly. The 76ers fired Doc Rivers earlier this month after they lost for the third straight season in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. So the bar has been set that anything short of a conference finals is not acceptable, especially not with returning talent such as reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey and possibly James Harden.

NBA fans and 76ers faithful had mixed feelings about the news.

[Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN]

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