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Former BBL Coaches Lead Team In NBA All-Star Game

Two of the BBL’s most successful coaches will be on the sidelines in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game this weekend in Chicago.

Nick Nurse will lead Team Giannis in the annual contest, alongside his coaching staff at the Toronto Raptors – including Fab Flournoy MBE, who left Newcastle for the NBA last summer.

“We get to be the beneficiaries of an organisational award,” said Nurse via the official Raptors website. “It’s certainly a tremendous honour for us. There’s a lot that goes into it. It should be a really enjoyable experience for our guys. It’s neat to be around that event, the greatest players in the world all under one roof. I think it’s going to be a good experience for the whole staff, all the way down through.”

Nurse is in his second season with the Raptors after leading the Canadian franchise to their first-ever NBA Championship in his rookie year having started his coaching journey in the BBL as a player-coach with Derby Rams in the 1990-91 season.

He became a two-time Coach of the Year award winner in his time in the BBL, winning eight trophies with four different clubs.

Flournoy was brought to the BBL by Nurse in 1996 and went on to become player-coach of Newcastle Eagles with his 17-year tenure making the club the most successful in league history.

A bronze medal winner with England at the 2005 Commonwealth Games, Flournoy led the Eagles to over 500 wins with 24 pieces of silverware – winning each of the four BBL titles at least five times each.

“It’s amazing to be involved with Nick and the team at the All-Star Weekend,” said Flournoy. “It’s an incredible celebration that every basketball fan around the world has grown up with. I’m hoping everyone back in the UK is looking forward to the big event!”

The Raptors are currently second in the Eastern Conference standings coming up to the All-Star break.