Pascal Siakam, Nick Nurse react to Tampa ‘home’ fans booing Raptors
The entire 2020-21 NBA season for Pascal Siakam, Nick Nurse as well as the entire Toronto Raptor organization has been far from ideal. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic still taking over the world, border laws, as well as health and safety protocols, have made it tough for the 2019 NBA champions to find a home this season and really get things going. The Raptors were forced to set up a temporary home in Tampa Bay, Florida this season which, according to Siakam, has made it feel as if his team has been on the road the entire season.
“We’ve felt like we’ve been on the road all year so I don’t think it’s something new. You kinda get caught like oh, where are we? But we’re kinda used to it,” Siakam said after being greeted by boos in the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Thursday (via Josh Lewenberg).
Pascal Siakam on "home" fans in Tampa booing him at the free throw line: "We've felt like we've been on the road all year so I don't think it's something knew. You kinda get caught like, oh, where are we? But we're kinda used to it."
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 7, 2021
The Raptors lost another tough “home” win against the Washington Wizards in a 131-129 OT rout. The 2,000+ fans in attendance were rather disappointed once again with their pseudo-home team losing their second-straight home game. This is the Raptors’ fifth loss in their last six games.
Nurse also didn’t pay attention to all the noise. The 53-year-old mentor has had experience coaching all over Europe so these home-court boos aren’t really new to him.
“I didn’t really notice it tonight. Thanks for pointing it out. When you write your season-ending article you can add it to the list of things that went into this weird season,” Nurse mentioned after the game.
The Raptors have fallen all the way down to the 12th spot of the East and it’s starting to look like their one-year stint in Tampa Bay will be ending early.