TORONTO – While the Toronto Raptors are finally back home, many players are getting their first taste of life in the city.
The Raptors opened their training camp at home today after being located south of the border over the past 19 months due to COVID-19 restrictions.
General Manager Bobby Webster says the team decided to stay in Toronto for camp this year to reconnect with their hometown, adding that many players and staff had not moved to the city.
Webster says raptors are a second away from being fully vaccinated and will be 100 percent by the time they open on the night of October 20.
Players who haven’t been vaccinated can play in Toronto this season under a national interest waiver, meaning they’ll be confined to the Scotiabank Arena and team hotel, and must pass COVID-19 tests upon arrival in Canada. Will happen.
Toronto was last played at the Scotiabank Arena on 28 February 2020, before COVID-19 brought that season to a halt. There are only four Raptors left from that team – Pascal Siakam, Fred VanValet, Ozzy Anunobi and Chris Boucher.