Raptors aching to buckle down to business

With the regular NBA season expected to resume in July, the Toronto Raptors have returned to practice with most of their players still away from the team and are still in the United States.

Most of the players available are doing solo practices, though, since the OVO Athletic Centre, the Raptors' home-court, was made available for workouts starting May 11.

The team is now beginning their workouts, with reports reaching them that a four-to-six-week build-up is now taking place, with the regular season expected to resume in early July.

Raptors team manager Bobby Webster said this in an update he gave on the team's status and interviews provided by NBA Philippines.

“About half the team is here. I think all of them have expressed interest. As you can imagine this entire approval came together pretty late. We are going to have a call with the team either later today or tomorrow to get a true sense of who wants in. Our general sense is that the guys who are in town are interested and will, to an extent take advantage of this. This obviously brings up the idea of the other half who are not in Canada, and we plan to adhere to all the guidelines and travel restrictions there as well,” said Webster.

So far, Raptors Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, OG Anunoby and Terence Davis are still in the US, and won't be in Toronto for the meantime.

Travel restrictions imposed at the borders of the US and Canada has kept them from coming back at the soonest time possible as both countries impose protocols concerning the coronavirus pandemic.

As for the Raptors, the team is following the protocols and measures that the National Basketball Association has advised them in conducting practices.

“We, along with the NBA, have implemented a lot of protocols. There is a daily check-in. Each player has a person on the medical staff who is their designated person. If they have any requests or needs it goes through them,” said Webster.

Some of the players are doing their workouts at home. And team management is making adjustments on this.

“I think a lot of it early was how do they workout and how do they do things in their apartment. I don’t think it’s any different than what we’re all going through, but we do have maybe additional protocols or support in place for these times so that they feel that they have their resources at their fingertips or they have someone they can talk to everyday,” added Webster.

Topics: Toronto Raptors , National Basketball Association , Bobby Webster , OVO Athletic Centre
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