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Raptors temporarily call Tampa their home after pleads to government fall through

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Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri released a statement today to say that after working diligently with public health official at every level of government they could not get approval to play on home soil at Scotiabank Place.

The Raptors president expressed his appreciation for governmental dedication to the process but the “current health situation facing Canadians, combined with urgent need to determine where we will play means that we will begin our 2020-21 season in Tampa, Florida.”

“They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. I’m not sure that’s possible for us,” said Ujiri. “We love Toronto and Canada, and we know we have the best fans in the NBA. For now I’ll ask you to cheer us from afar, and we’ll look forward to the day we are all together again,” concluded Ujiri.

Meanwhile, two days ago the Toronto Raptors chose point guard Malachi Flynn as their first pick. Flynn, drafted 29th overall out of San Diego State, is not tall at 6″1″ but has been described as a near elite player. He helped lead San Diego to a 22 – 2 record.

All this news comes on the day that Raptors superstars and two fan favourites, Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet become free agents.

by Terry Lankstead

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