- The Toronto Raptors have stopped practicing as a team. Instead, they are working with coaches alone.
- Toronto’s new practice regimen would feature just one player and one coach drilling at one net at a time.
The Toronto Raptors have stopped practicing as a team. Instead, they are working with coaches alone.
It is a precautionary measure introduced as Toronto’s game against Orlando on Monday, postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the Magic.
The coronavirus has also touched the Raptors. On Monday, the team counted Gary Trent Jr. to the NBA’s protocol list, where he joins all-star forward Pascal Siakam and rookie Delano Banton.
Toronto’s new practice regimen would feature just one player and one coach drilling at one net at a time.
There are six nets at the Raptors’ facility, but a team spokesman says they’ll likely limit practice to four hoops.
All team players and staff will be tested before getting into the OVO Athletic Centre.
Toronto’s next game is on Wednesday in Chicago.
Monday’s game against Orlando at the Scotiabank Arena was one of the few that the NBA delayed. Sunday’s games between Brooklyn and Denver, Cleveland and Atlanta, and New Orleans and Philadelphia were postponed, while Tuesday’s game between the Wizards and Nets was also scratched.
The Raptors are all well-versed in COVID-19 challenges. Last March, the team suffered an outbreak that impacted various key players and most of the coaching staff, tumbling down the Eastern Conference standings and missing the playoffs.
Team president Masai Ujiri announced he had tested positive from his Giants of Africa event on Dec. 5. Forward Precious Achiuwa arrived back to the lineup on Saturday after being in COVID rules for ten days due to close contact.
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