Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors Remain Focused on NBA Title Defense
As the season appears to be set to return, Fred VanVleet and the Toronto are eager to final receive their shot at defending their NBA title.
“It’s part of the reason that everybody wants to get back, at least from our camp,” VanVleet said on ESPN’s The Jump on Wednesday. “We knew we had a good chance, as good a chance as anybody, from obviously what we did last year, and then to come back after losing Kawhi and Danny to have the team that we had this year. We were just basically trying to get through the regular season to kind of see where we’re at for playoffs.”
The Raptors appeared close to locking up the two-seed with their strong play prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Boasting a record of 48-18, the Raptors were excited to build on last year’s success with the postseason approaching.
“I think we were really excited to go into [the] post-season and now I think we’re starting to get back excited to kind of say, ‘Hey we still have the same group, our chances are good, everybody’s well-rested,’” VanVleet said. “So whatever basketball looks like when we get back, I think we’ll have a good chance.”
The NBA hopes to return to play in late July or early August at the Disney World Complex in Orlando, Florida. As the NBA continues to look for ways to ensure player, personnel, and family safety, VanVleet believes that the players are willing to play and shall be ready when called upon.
“I think a lot of guys want to get back out there,” he said. “I do think that there is some serious concern, just regarding health and logistics and how everything will look, and guys being away from their families. I think those are all real things, but at the end of the day this is what we do and this is who we are.”