The Tampa Bay Raptors?

nba Dec 02, 2020

We've already seen the "Buffalo Blue Jays."

Now, it looks like Canadian basketball fans will be cheering for the Tampa Bay Raptors.

Just months after the COVID-19 restrictions and border closings resulted in MLB's Blue Jays playing its "home" games in downtown Buffalo, that same relocation model is about to be applied to the NBA's Raptors.  Since teams can't travel back and forth between Canada and the United States, the Toronto franchise will be forced to play its games in Tampa, Florida.

This news has set off a frenzy of creative tweets:

Here's the preseason schedule for the Raptors, less than two weeks away:

Some thoughts on the temporary relocation: