Fred VanVleet has been again to work for simply over per week and he can sum up the expertise in a single phrase.
“Different,” VanVleet mentioned. “I think that is the word I will keep using. It’s just different from the norm, from what we are used to.”
VanVleet was one in all the first Raptors to reach in Florida for a two week keep in Fort Myers earlier than the Raptors head north to Orlando to enter the NBA campus. If all goes effectively there, that would quantity to a different 100 days keep.
For now the Raptors have taken over a lodge they have been lucky sufficient to search out that had been closed and was simply re-opening. It means they’ve the complete compound to themselves which is absolutely the solely means anybody would need it in the state of Florida proper now.
The Coronavirus stays rampant in the sunny state nevertheless it’s additionally dwelling to Disney the place the NBA believes it might do the finest job of protecting their gamers and staffs and staff most secure inside the campus or bubble inside Walt Disney World.
Obviously there are not any ensures how protected anybody will probably be and every participant needed to make his personal choice.
For VanVleet it was a matter of deciding to belief each the league and his group that he can be protected. But that doesn’t imply he isn’t nonetheless involved.
“Pretty concerned,” he mentioned following his each day morning exercise. “It sounded good a month or two ago, not so much right before we got ready to leave. I think for the most part I just put the trust in the organization and understand that I don’t think they would put us in extreme risk, trust the NBA. That’s where my trust lies right now. Hopefully they prove me right and not wrong … I’m trying to be optimistic about it. It’s not the most ideal situation but it’s kind of the times we are in. It hasn’t been an ideal for anyone.”
VanVleet totally understands these gamers which have opted out of the alternative to renew play this summer time. Some have achieved so for well being issues. Others over the concern that the battle towards racial injustice wants their consideration now. VanVleet sees that battle as a long time period one and one he’s preventing even now as he awaits the opening of the NBA campus at Disney in the south of Florida.
“I definitely respect guys that took the stand to sit out for whatever reason,” VanVleet mentioned. “But my choice was to come play. I’m not right and they’re not wrong. It’s just a personal choice for everybody.”
VanVleet could be very up entrance about his causes for enjoying. He didn’t make this choice frivolously.
“It sucks,” he mentioned of getting to decide on between focussing on the racial injustice subject and his profession. “It’s terrible timing. But that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense. But life goes on. We’re all young, black guys. None of us want to give any money back. I don’t think that we should. I think that money can be used in a number of different ways. This is not going to end this summer regardless, or over the next couple of months. This issue, racial injustice, social injustice, police brutality, all these things are not ending anytime soon. Our fight was long term. That was part of my decision. But if the league, or more of my guys would have come together and said we didn’t want to play, I would have sat out as well. I wouldn’t have even fought it. I think most of us decided to play. It’s something we’ll have to live with. I trust that my heart’s in the right place and I’m doing enough to make change.”
His days proper now are fairly regimented. Up early for an early morning exercise however not earlier than his COVID check and all his vitals are examined. Then the exercise and then again to the lodge to eat, take a nap and get therapy. After that the remainder of the day is his to do as he pleases. Video video games, FaceTime calls along with his household or no matter he chooses as long as he stays in the lodge. Freedom is non-existent he half jokes.
Whatever freedom he does have proper now will probably be additional curtailed when he enters the NBA campus on July 9t however he anticipates that and is okay with it.
“If you want to find a million different little things to be wrong, they will be there for you,” VanVleet mentioned. “And if you wish to get by way of it I believe it is possible for you to to get by way of it. My first thought was ‘What are we going to do for food?’ If they’re attempting to maintain us all enclosed for that long, the meals choices will develop into scarce fairly fast or bland after some time of consuming the identical factor over and over once more. But we’ll see. I don’t know. I believe there’s a number of nonetheless unanswered questions that a number of guys have had so we’re simply going to have to point out up and see.
“My hope is as soon as we begin enjoying we simply get again into the circulate of what we’re used to and you’ll play and eat and sleep and hang around and then play once more and earlier than you recognize it, will probably be over.”
The Raptors head will head into the bubble the No. 2 seed in the East and dealing with the hardest eight-game seeding schedule of any staff in Orlando. VanVleet, nonetheless, likes his staff’s possibilities.
“Everybody I’ve talked to since I’ve been here is just looking forward to getting to Orlando and start practising and gearing up and trying to win another one,” he mentioned. “I think we have a really, really good chance and we’re going to be a tough team to beat four times, for anybody.”
The Raptors re-open the season Aug. 1 towards LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.
MISSING HIS FAMILY
Fred VanVleet has been away from his children for lower than per week and already he misses them.
The plan proper now inside the VanVleet household is to have the remainder of the fam be part of dad in Orlando for the second spherical of the playoffs, the first attainable time relations can be part of the NBA gamers inside the campus at Disney.
But that call will probably be based mostly on what VanVleet experiences over that first month and a half earlier than the NBA opens the campus to relations.
“I will re-evaluate once I’ve been in Orlando for a little while. It it’s something that suits us, then we will do it. If not, then we won’t. But I like having my family around for sure,” he mentioned.