Nick Nurse, the coach of Toronto Raptors, He has spoken to the media from Florida, where his team is concentrated with the aim of defending the NBA championship that they achieved last season.

He is optimistic about the return of the NBA: « We have a group of very careful guys. They love to play, and they are players who care about their health, their careers, they are professionals. Most of these guys really love the basketball ».

About Marc Gasol’s new physical condition, Nurse is delighted: « He looks great. »

Norm Powell, top player for the Raptors, has also spoken from the rally: « We are all fit. There is no one behind. We are all phenomenally physically. We feel good. Obviously, we have been disconnected from basketball for a while, but right now we are ready to face the remainder of the season. « 

Despite Kawhi Leonard’s departure and an injury-ridden start to the season, the Raptors are second in the East with 46 wins and 18 losses and are already qualified for the playoffs. They are playing better than last year at the collective level and they are going to try to defend the title. They are convinced that they can beat the Milwaukee Bucks of Giannis Antetokounmpo again and that they can get back into the NBA Finals.