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Toronto Raptors Plan to Open OVO Athletic Center Next Week for Players

The Toronto Raptors are set to hit the court again.

For the first time since early March, the OVO Athletic Centre will open on a limited basis for individual workouts starting next week. The Raptors will be required to follow league safety guidelines at all times.

“I think this goes all the way back to the start of when this all began in mid-March,” Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said on a Friday conference call. “I think we’ve all tried to be as thoughtful and thorough as we can with every decision that we’ve made. So in consultation with and approval from public health and our own doctors and internal resources – we’ve talked to some of the infectious disease experts – I think this is where we kinda came out that we felt comfortable.

“We thought this was reasonable. We thought it allowed our guys to start moving and getting out of their apartment a little bit, and maybe more for mental health, for them to start shooting and doing things like that. I don’t think it was necessarily compared to the NBA rule. I think it was more something that we developed internally.”

The NBA will allow up to four players in the gym at any given times, every member of the team will be required to undergo a medical assessment prior to entering the facility, and teams will be limited to only six members of either their assistant coaching or player development staff on hand.

“We discussed it thoroughly and it goes back to what I opened with: We’ve been talking daily with our doctors and specialists in this area and I think for the time being, everyone feels comfortable with where we came out,” Webster said. “This is why we erred on the conservative side of saying let’s have one player in the gym at a time, because I do think we’re all going to learn things next week and things may have to change. But we do think with this very limited opening we’re comfortable and experts are comfortable with our process and protocols in place.”​

Adam Silver had a conference call with the NBPA earlier today to further discuss plans on a potential return to play.


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