NBA 2020-21: Nick Nurse and 6 other Toronto Raptors’ coaches out due to Covid-19 protocols. They will undergo a period of quarantine before joining back.
Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse will not be on the bench for the team’s game Friday against the Houston Rockets, the team announced. Nurse is one of six Toronto staff members who will miss the game because of health and safety protocols.
The Raptors coaches will work remotely for that game, the team announced, and their return to the sideline has yet to be determined. This marks the first game this season in which an NBA coach and multiple staff members have been forced to miss a game.
Toronto has been one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference of late, having won four of its last six games and is 15-11 since starting the season 1-6.
The Raptors’ upcoming schedule includes a three-game homestand against Houston, Chicago, and Detroit.
Toronto Raptors is playing in Tampa due to Covid-19 protocols
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday that they will finish the 2020-21 season in Tampa, Florida. Because of ongoing border restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and mindful of public safety measures in Canada, the team has decided they will continue to play their home games at Amalie Arena.
“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.”
The Raptors initially announced in November that Amalie Arena, in downtown Tampa, would serve as their home court for the first half of the 2020-21 season. A scheduled release for the second half of the season is expected in the coming days.