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Raptors’ OG Anunoby shares the saddest Tampa experience ever

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After making the playoffs for seven years in a row, the Toronto Raptors are missing the boat back to the postseason. While it’s unfortunate for the Raps that they’re not going to be able to play basketball beyond the regular season, for OG Anunoby, the elimination from title contention doesn’t seem to be all that bad.

Via Michael Grange:

Anunoby would surely endure getting his nose and throat tinkered with every day if it meant that the Raptors are still in it to win the NBA title for the second time since 2019, but now that that dream is all over, he’s definitely got the privilege to at least feel relieved that the seemingly monotonous life they have had in Tampa is something they no longer have to deal with on an almost daily basis. The Raptors still have to play the Indiana Pacers at home Sunday.

NBA players are so used to having a good time off the court, but that simply isn’t happening a lot this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The league has enforced strict rules to discourage players from doing anything that would put themselves at risk of contracting the coronavirus.

It didn’t help OG Anunoby and the Raptors that they were playing outside of their original geographically assigned location.

The Amalie Arena served as the Raptors’ adoptive home for the 2020-21 NBA season, a place that’s known more for hosting Tampa Bay Lightning games. Moreover, Tampa Bay is not a basketball city, as it’s clearly ruled by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Rays, and yes, even the Lightning.

But at least for one season, Tampa got a feel of how it’s like to have an NBA team, albeit in an absolutely strange circumstance.