It will be an unorthodox season for the Toronto Raptors who will play their home games in Tampa, Florida for the first half of the 2020-21 season due to COVID-19 travel restrictions from the United States to Canada.
Training camp is being hosted at Saint Leo University in St. Leo, Florida, regular season games will be held at the Tampa Bay Lightning's Amalie Arena and their practice facility will reportedly be a reconfigured hotel ballroom across the street.
This makes for a hectic period of trying to get settled into their temporary home before Raptors' preseason tips off on Dec. 12, with their first game of the season shortly thereafter on Dec. 23.
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On Sunday, Toronto had its first practice of the season but that wasn't the most newsworthy note of the day.
Following practice, when players appeared for their media availability, they lined up in front of a backdrop that sported a new Tampa-centric Raptors logo for 2020 training camp.
First day of practice for the Tampa Raptors. pic.twitter.com/JJTW8fcgmN- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) December 6, 2020
As first posted by TSN's Josh Lewenberg, you can see part of the logo behind Fred VanVleet above. Lewenberg later retweeted a more complete image sent out by Saint Leo University's Director of Athletics and Vice President Fran Reidy, where you can see the full Raptors training camp logo below.
Great logo for @TorontoRaptors_ training camp @SaintLeoLions pic.twitter.com/Wlfg39fiv1- Fran Reidy (@FranReidy) December 1, 2020
There have not been any reports or official statements on if or how the Raptors will integrate their temporary stay in Tampa into their team name or logo, but this training camp logo is still a fun alteration of the familiar Raptor.
As for the first practice itself, head coach Nick Nurse was pleased with the turnout stating, "It was certainly enjoyable to be out there with the big group. Lots of energy. The excitement of Day 1 was in the air. Great intensity. I'm happy with the effort and the way the defence started out," he told TSN's Lewenberg.
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As previously mentioned, Toronto will begin its preseason on Dec. 12 when they travel to take on LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets.
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