Raptors Coach Nick Nurse Had a Hilarious Cameo in CBC's 'Murdoch Mysteries'

Last night, Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse appeared in CBC series 'Murdoch Mysteries' as a locker room attendant giving coaching tips.

Nick Nurse pictured with Yannick Bisson and Hélène Joy

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Nick Nurse pictured with Yannick Bisson and Hélène Joy

Is there anything Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse can’t do? Between willing his team to back-to-back victories against some of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference over the last few days, Nurse quietly made a cameo in CBC period drama Murdoch Mysteries on Monday night.

Currently in its 15th season, the show featured Nurse playing a locker room attendant. He gave coaching tips to the main character, Detective Murdoch, even hilariously suggesting that he name his team “Raptors.” (Get it?) “Trust me,” Nurse says in the scene, donning a newsboy cap, glasses and a bowtie. “It’ll catch on one day.”

As far as career highlights go, a @CBCMurdoch role has to be up there with being named Coach of the Year and winning the @NBA Championship with the @Raptors, right?

Nick Nurse makes his acting debut: pic.twitter.com/YFmkBX90rY

— CBC Gem (@cbcgem) February 1, 2022

Though Nurse’s Great Depression drip led some to speculate he would be playing James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, in the role, the coach confirmed to reporters he would be nothing more than an extra. But what an extra!

Nick Nurse with a special guest appearance on Murdoch Mysteries? A man of many talents. 👏
(🎥: @cbc) pic.twitter.com/rnUQqKplUj

— JayOnSC (@JayOnSC) January 27, 2022

ICYMI 📣 @Raptors head coach, #NickNurse, brought his A game last night as a guest star on #MurdochMysteries. We think it might be time for him to quit his day job and start his acting career. 😉🙌 Now streaming on @cbcgem. pic.twitter.com/uHcqYWd73h

— Murdoch Mysteries (@CBCMurdoch) February 1, 2022

Naturally, Twitter had a bit of fun with this one.

nick nurse to mike budenholzer pic.twitter.com/1jOwxEHdbl

— William Lou (@william_lou) February 1, 2022

Can’t believe Murdoch didn’t arrest Nick Nurse for his crimes. Rest the guys. pic.twitter.com/QOATW8u4LV

— i. adan (@Imman_Adan) February 2, 2022

Nick Nurse had a great cameo on Murdoch Mysteries tonight. Cute that the winning shot from Harry is a re-creation of Kawai’s famous basket right up to his waiting stance before the ball finally goes in. pic.twitter.com/Qi8AuhQDew

— Peter Myers (@Peterlizard) February 1, 2022

Though the CBC has been referring to the scene as Nurse’s “acting debut,” the NBA’s 2019-20 Coach of the Year is actually a more experienced thespian than they realize. Back in December 2020, Nurse made his official acting debut in Global’s comedy-drama series Private Eyes, playing himself in an episode.

“It’s not as easy as you’d think! You know, you’ve still got some lines that they want you to say and you gotta deliver them. [Laughs.] You’ve got to do it several times over and over,” he told Complex Canada about the role. “But they were good coaches and very nice, very nice to me. It was a lot of fun.”

With a couple shows under his belt, we think it’s time Nick took his talents to the big screen. Give this man his own film! Crouching Coach, Hidden Badass. It writes itself.

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