The Raptors will get started the 2020-21 NBA season in Tampa, Fla., after the Canadian govt denied their request to play in Toronto amid the continued coronavirus pandemic.
Raptors president Masai Ujiri stated in a observation that the crew would play in Tampa in the meanwhile.
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“The Raptors labored diligently with public well being officers on the native, provincial and federal degree to safe a plan that might allow us to play our 2020-21 season on house soil and on our house courtroom at Scotiabank Area. Those conversations have been productive, and we discovered robust beef up for the protocols we put ahead. In the end, the present public well being scenario dealing with Canadians, blended with the pressing want to decide the place we will be able to play implies that we will be able to start our 2020-21 season in Tampa, Florida,” Ujiri stated.
He thanked govt officers for serving to make certain the security of Canadians throughout the well being disaster.
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“They are saying absence makes the center develop fonder. I’m now not positive that’s conceivable for us – we like Toronto and Canada, and we all know we have now the most efficient enthusiasts within the NBA. For now, I’ll ask you to cheer for us from afar, and we’ll stay up for the day we’re all in combination once more.”
Ontario, Canada, has observed a spike in coronavirus circumstances over the process the month. Between Nov. five and Nov. 18, the province has totaled 18,821 circumstances, in line with well being officers.
The Raptors reportedly thought to be enjoying in Louisville, Ky., and New Jersey.
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The brand new NBA season is about to tip off on Dec. 23.