Spending six weeks in Florida’s is appealing to some, but clearly not for multiple members of the Toronto Raptors.
They obviously miss the fan support from north of the border, despite Amalie Arena in Tampa technically operating as their home court this season.
With just three games left on their schedule now that they’ve been mathematically eliminated from the postseason, it appears the Raptors are counting down the days.
Raptors head coach Nick Nurse spoke about how he missed Toronto prior to Tuesday’s game, saying that he even missed the cold Canadian winter.
“I miss the snow and the wind and the cold. I grew up in Iowa, man. I dig the change in seasons,” Nurse said.
Last month Kyle Lowry listed a number of things he missed about Toronto, even including driving down the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway.
You can add forward Chris Boucher to the list of homesick Raptors, as he didn’t have anything good to say about living in Tampa.
Asked by a reporter if he had a “super unique Florida moment” away from basketball, Boucher said, “maybe when I leave.”
“When I go back to Toronto, I’ll be good,” said Boucher. “Cause honestly I miss Toronto, like the food and everything.”
“It’s been rough.”
Boucher went on to say that the setup in Tampa was good, and noting “they did everything for us.”
But it isn’t home.