TORONTO – Toronto Raptors are heading to Dunk City to prepare for the resumption of the NBA season.
The defending champions were chartered in Florida on Monday where they will train in the Fort Myers area. The club will continue volunteer individual exercises at the Alico Arena, the home of Florida Gulf Coast University agglomerates.
The school became known as the Dunk City or Florida Dunk Coast at the 2013 NCAA Tournament when Cinderella became the first 15th seed to reach the Aggul Sweet 16, upsetting Georgetown and San Diego State on the way. Half Gulls turned heads with a high flying 21-2 in the second half to drown the high winds.
Raptors players and staff will make further preparations for the extended run to move to the “NBA Campus” at the Disney Complex in the Orlando area in early July.
“Leaving the NBA and team safety protocols, there will be no group workouts at this stage to return to play, and strict protocols have been put in place to ensure that entry to the early stages is conducted in a safe, controlled and healthy manner,” the Raptors said in a brief statement announcing their departure. Said.
“Group workout will only begin after teams report to Disney’s NBA campus.”
Other teams will ramp up workouts in their home markets, BA, arrive at the NBA campus on July 7 or 9, and the Seeding Games will begin in late July with the opening of the playoffs in mid-August.
The flight to Toronto in Florida came on the same day as the Orlando Pride announced that it was withdrawing from the NWSL Challenge Cup, scheduled to begin in Utah on Saturday, after six players and four staff members tested positive for the Covid-19.
The Raptors did not provide anyone to speak to the media on Monday. Some of the players were already in the United States, deciding to go home when the league play was suspended.
Teams can bring in up to 35 people as part of a basketball operations group, including players, a senior executive, athletic coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, a equipment director and safety.
The teams will join the Raptors’ Bucks, Lakers, Clippers, Celtics, Nuggets, Jazz and Hit Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort’s Gran Desino Tower at one of the Disney hotels.
On Tuesday the league is entering the second phase of its health and safety protocols related to the resumption of the season. The marks include compulsory high sensitivity coronavirus and antibody tests, the virus test should be repeated every other day and only in case of positive virus test the antibody test is repeated.
According to the Florida Department of Disease Control and Health Protection, the number of Covid-19s in Florida has risen in recent days, to about 4,700 on Saturday, although the number dropped to 2,700 at the Florida Department of Health, Disease Control and Health. According to the Department of Defense.
The Miami Herald reported that more than half of the state’s lawsuits were in four counties in South Florida: Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe.
Orlando is in Orange County on Monday morning, with 5,035 positive cases among residents and 122 positive cases among non-residents, according to state statistics. 49 people died there.
Fort Myers Lee County, about 2,260 kilometers southwest of Orlando, had 3,581 positive tests among residents and 65 positive tests among non-residents. 149 people died there.
The Raptors last played on March 9 when they extended their winning streak to four games with a 101-92 win in Utah. Toronto (446-17) is second behind Miluki Buck in the East, when the league suspended the game due to a global epidemic.