Carroll native and fomer U.N.I. player Nick Nurse hopes to claim his first championship as a professional basketball here is the U.S. when the Iowa Energy try to close out the NBA D-League championship series at home tonight when they host Rio Grande Valley. Nurse won several titles while coaching over seas for more than a decade. Most of that time was spent in the British Basketball League.
Nurse says they won three championships there and some other competitions. Nurse says this would be even more special if the Energy are able to close it out. He says it would be the first championship for the franchise and he has been excited to see the interest grow around the team.
After a short stint in college Nurse went to Europe and has spent nearly his entire career in the pro ranks. He went over in 1995 and wanted to get some coaching experience and they won a championship in his first year and was asked to come back. Nurse says 10 years flew by pretty quick and then he got the chance to be a pro coach.