Wednesday, 02 December, 2020


Toronto Raptors to play in Tampa, not KC, during upcoming season

The Toronto Raptors team bus emblazoned with the words'Black Lives Matter' drives through Florida The Toronto Raptors team bus emblazoned with the words'Black Lives Matter' drives through Florida
Noah Ferguson | 21 November, 2020, 20:23

We love Toronto and Canada, and we know we have the best fans in the National Basketball Association.

The Canadian government denied a request by the National Basketball Association and the Raptors to play in Toronto amid the pandemic, and the team says it will start the season next month in Tampa, Florida.

Although there is optimism long-term about the vaccines, and although the National Basketball Association is full-speed ahead on its plan to open the 2020-21 season on December 22, that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of flies in the ointment that lie ahead. "For now, I'll ask you to cheer for us from afar, and we'll look forward to the day we are all together again".

Instead, they will play home games at Amalie Arena, home of the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. -Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel. It resumed July 30 at a sealed-off "bubble" complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla.

The Raptors will remain in the NBA's Atlantic Division. The Raptors are attempting a modified version of the "run it back" blueprint, and VanVleet, the natural successor to Kyle Lowry and a borderline All-Defense member, is the personification of the team's desired culture.

VanVleet's journey to stardom was far from a sure bet, as the 6-foot-1 guard went undrafted out of Wichita State ahead of the 2016-17 season.

The Canadian government earlier this week reviewed a proposal from the National Basketball Association and the Raptors that would have allowed games to be played in Toronto. The number of cases in both nations, but particularly in the US, has surged since.

Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays used nearby Buffalo as their temporary home last season.

The Canadian government required a comprehensive public health plan and written support from local health officials.

The first, and most important, part of their comparatively tame free agency plan is complete.

The Raptors are more than familiar playing games the sunshine state following the resumption of the past National Basketball Association season that saw every team play at an alternate training site in Orlando.

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