Toronto Raptors Head Coach Feeling Safe as Raptors Kick Off Camp 2.0
Despite the rising COVID-19 cases in Florida, Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse feels safe on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus in Fort Myers.
While the circumstances are far from ideal, the Raptors have been able to kick off training camp 2.0 south of the border. With no positive cases on the team, the Raptors are the first team, outside of the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic of course, to be in Florida preparing for the return of the 2019-20 NBA season. The Raptors will be the first of 22 teams to enter the Disney World bubble – the cite of the league’s restart format.
“I feel really safe here,” explained Nurse. “We’ve got a great setup, and I feel good, man. I haven’t sensed any discontent or whatever about having to be here, or asking why… In general, the guys are good, and I think most of them are concerned about their careers and getting back to wherever they were or getting them better. I think there’s a real level that I see…the care factor is high.”
Nurse also believes his team will be as ready as ever for the unorthodox situation and will rise to the occasion.
“There’s some genuine chemistry with these guys,” said Nurse. “They like to play in general, they like to play with each other, the love of the game. … I would give a lot of our guys a lot of high marks in those areas.”
Opening night is set for August 1 when the Raptors take on the Los Angeles Lakers and the champs will be ready!