Raptors are flying to Florida for the deliberate NBA restart

Defending NBA champion Raptors flew to Florida on Monday to begin preparations for the scheduled restart of the 2019-20 season.

The Raptors will be based in Fort Myers until they enter the NBA campus at Walt Disney World Resort in early July for the rest of the season. The NBA plans to continue its campaign at Disney World next month through a 22-team format. The league was banned in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“In accordance with the NBA and team security protocols, there will be no group training at this stage of the return to the game. Strict protocols have been developed to ensure that this initial level of access is secure, controlled and healthy,” said the Raptors in a statement.

Group training only begins when the teams have registered on the NBA campus in Disney World.

The Raptors (46-18) were second in the Eastern Conference before the COVID-19 crisis, behind the NBA-leading Bucks (53-12).

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