Fred VanVleet believes Raptors have ‘good chance’ defending title
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet wants to resume the season, not just because he wants to play again but also due to his belief that his team has a “good chance” at defending the title.
VanVleet spoke with Rachel Nichol’s on ESPN’s The Jump where they shared their thoughts on the potential resumption of the 2019-20 season. From FVV’s point of view, even though they lost Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green over the summer, the Raptors still have a pretty solid core capable of defending the title.
“It’s part of the reason that everybody wants to get back, at least from our camp,” the Raptors backup guard said, as transcribed by Shannon Coulter of SportsNet. “We knew we had a good chance, as good a chance as anybody, from obviously what we did last year, and then to come back after losing Kawhi and Danny to have the team that we had this year. We were just basically trying to get through the regular season to kind of see where we’re at for playoffs.”
“I think we were really excited to go into [the] post-season and now I think we’re starting to get back excited to kind of say, ‘Hey we still have the same group, our chances are good, everybody’s well-rested.’ So whatever basketball looks like when we get back, I think we’ll have a good chance.”
The league has been carefully laying out options for the potential restart of the 2019-20 season. Apart from locking in a location, the league is also discussing other possible playoff formats.
So far, signs point that the league will resume by July or August and will play the season at the Walt Disney World in Orlando.