Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is pushing for the Toronto Raptors to play their home games in Kansas City for the 2020-2021 NBA season. The Raptors are searching for a new home as travel from the United States to Canada remains on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays faced a similar conundrum when they were forced to play the recently completed regular season in Buffalo, Wisconsin.
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Home of the Raptors? Mahomes wants Toronto in KC
According to reports in the United States, Louisville, Kentucky is one place the Raptors plan to play their home games ahead of the upcoming season. The KFC Yum! The Louisville center will likely be used as an alternate playground if the Raptors are forced to play the season away from Toronto. However, if it depended on Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback would bring the Raptors back to KC. On Monday, the 25-year-old responded to a Launderer report tweet, clearly explaining his intentions to bring basketball back to town.
While Kansas City has its own MLB and NFL team, the city has not had an NBA franchise since the Kings moved to Sacramento after the 1984-85 season. Raptors fans may not like the idea of their team playing their games away from Scotiabank Arena. However, if the current travel restrictions remain in place by the time the new season begins, an arrangement will likely be made for the Raptors.
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Patrick Mahomes isn’t the only one pushing for the Raptors to play the coming season in Kansas City. KC mayor Quinton Lucas is also among those excited about the prospect of bringing the Raptors to town, even if it’s only for a season. Lucas posted a tweet last week urging the Raptors to use the city’s T-mobile center as an arena.
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Quinton Lucas even responded to Patrick Mahomes’ tweet on Monday, claiming he was “working on it.”
According to reports, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is aiming for a late December start date for the next NBA season. Given the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the country, it is a lot different that travel restrictions are lifted by then. If KC is a valid option for the team, the T-mobile Center will be the obvious choice for the Raptors venue. The nearly 19,000-seat arena was inaugurated in 2007 and has since been used several times on KC fields for the NBA and NHL expansion teams.
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(Image credits: Patrick Mahomes Instagram, Raptors Twitter)