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Toronto Raptors to Play Out the Remainder of the Season in Tampa

Damn, we may not see Kyle Lowry play in a Toronto Raptors jersey under the bright lights of the Scotiabank Arena ever again.

Okay, let’s not get all sad and depressed.

On Thursday, the Raptors announced that they will finish the 2020-21 season in Tampa due to the ongoing border restriction brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. As Canada continues to stay mindful of public safety, the Raptors will not return to the Scotiabank Arena until the 2021-22 season at the earliest.

“Florida has been really welcoming to us and we’re so grateful for the hospitality we’ve found in Tampa and at Amalie – we’re living in a city of champions, and we intend to carry on the tradition of winning for our new friends and fans here,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said. “But home is where the heart is, and our hearts are in Toronto. We think often of our fans, of our Scotiabank Arena family, and all those we are missing back home, and we can’t wait until we can all be together again.”

Back in November, the Raptors said the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay will tentatively serve as their home court for the first half of the season, but with the alarming number of COVID-19 cases and the slowed down distribution of the vaccine, the Raptors will remain down south.

Sorry Raptor fans, but this too shall soon pass!

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