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Raptors to wear original ‘Dino’ jerseys for select games in 2014-15 season

Mar 6, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

Plenty of teams are rolling out throwback jerseys these days, but the ones the Raptors are planning for next season may be some of the more highly-anticipated.

Toronto will wear the team’s original “Dino” jerseys for select games during the 2014-15 season, according to an official release.

“We are excited to bring back a piece of team history as part of our 20th Anniversary celebration,” said Masai Ujiri, President and General Manager of the Raptors. “Our fans have shown affection for the original purple uniform and I think our players will enjoy the chance to wear them next season.”

The front of the uniform top features the unique Raptors font in silver with the team’s dinosaur motif in action with basketball in hand. The uniform showcases the original team colours of Raptor Red, purple, black and Naismith Silver, the latter in honour of Dr. James A. Naismith of Almonte, Ontario, the multi-faceted Canadian who invented basketball in 1891. The uniform also features the unique jagged pinstripe design.

The Raptors posted a picture to Instagram in order to commemorate the announcement.

Personally, I find these to be hideous — dinosaurs are silly, and these seem aimed at a demographic filled with nothing but five-year-olds.

But as is often the case, my opinion is in the minority here — fans seem to love them, and they will no doubt be a big hit in Toronto next season.

  1. asimonetti88 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Best uniforms in last 20 years easily, love this

    • Big Ant TV - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      i loved this jersey damn when VC was fearless and dunking on everybody

    • av416 - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Pollakof how could you not love these! Wish they took over the ugly current ones full time.

  2. elwaysagenius - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Reminds me of darker times. There is hope on Toronto for the first time in 10 years, why remember the times when there wasn’t? These jerseys are ugly anyways.

  3. greej1938l - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Great unis I like them as well!

  4. david407 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Yes! I f**king love those jerseys

  5. chiadam - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    That’s a bad ass jersey.

  6. calkinsrob - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Love them. Ive actually really liked all the raptors jerseys. I guess its the color scheme I like.

  7. bucrightoff - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    First, great unis and they should go back to them full time. Second, please don’t ruin them by trying the sleeved jerseys. They suck, they should disappear like the synthetic ball.

  8. ashutto20 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    These are the same unis that the Raps wore when the defeated the bulls…the 72-10 bulls team

    You can’t make this stuff up

  9. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Best NBA jerseys ever, and by far the best thing Toronto hoops-related.

  10. savvybynature - Mar 7, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Oh. Hell. Yes.

  11. nilla619 - Mar 7, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Hideous Brett really? Good god you have no taste or style

  12. blaxmyth - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:03 AM

    Must make these available in South Africa… I love them… But i’d have mine printed ‘Mandela’ at the back.

  13. dgforreal - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Dinosaurs are silly!?

    • angrytwitterguy - Mar 7, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      It’s like choosing to see the Dinosaur like you would Barney, rather than a Raptor from Jurassic Park. People could do the same by choosing to see the Bruins or Bears like Whinny the Pooh rather than the badass animal it really is.

      Love the colors and lettering

  14. themagicfanguy - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Almost every team should do this more, I love when my Magic wear the black pinstripes.

  15. jjthesportsguy - Mar 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    I’ve got a T Mac dino jersey that I wear to the occasional jersey party and to the annual fantasy basketball draft with a group of guys. Love to see these coming back. Long overdue. Can’t believe it took someone this long to think this up in the Raptors front office.

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