Here’s an issue that the Raptors probably didn’t see coming.
The team will be without the courtside presence of six members of their coaching staff including head coach Nick Nurse for Friday night’s game versus Houston, with all six out due to the league’s health and safety protocols.
It doesn’t necessarily mean anyone on the staff has tested positive for the coronavirus, but at the very least one member of the staff has been in contact with someone who has tested positive, and until more tests are conducted that is enough to get that individual and anyone on staff he has been in contact with on the do-not-associate-with list.
The Raptors are already down two coaches with Chris Finch recently leaving to become head coach in Minnesota and not yet replaced, and fellow assistant Sergio Scariolo quarantining after returning home to Spain to fulfill his FIBA coaching obligations recently.
This is the first time the NBA has had to deal with a potential outbreak on a coaching staff since the pandemic began.
Raptors general manager Bobby Webster will address the media pre-game to discuss who exactly will be running the bench.
For the time being, all six affected coaches will work remotely.
The Raptors have four games remaining before the league takes a week-long break for the All-Star game.
They host the Rockets at Amalie Arena in Tampa at 7:30 p.m.