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Pacers, Kings and Raptors get throwback jerseys (photos)

Jul 17, 2014, 11:06 AM EDT

Two teams that haven’t won NBA championships and a third that might not claim its title – depending how many years and moves back it wants to go back – will also be getting new jerseys next season.

In addition to every team with a championship getting a gold tag on the back of its jersey, and the Pacers, Kings and Raptors will wear new old duds:

The 1990s Pacers jerseys are pretty sweet, and they bring back some fond memories of competitive Indiana teams that could never get over the hump. If only there were parallels to the present to really bring everything full circle.

If the Kings – who won the 1951 NBA championship as the Rochester Royals – have jerseys that look more like the originals than the illustration, I’ll like them. Otherwise, not so much. I definitely prefer this Royals throwback.

The dribbling-dinosaur Raptors jerseys were so garish, they’re now classic. I absolutely love those.

  1. bucrightoff - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Too bad Chris Bosh isn’t still playing for the Raptors with those throwbacks, it’d be like looking at himself in the mirror.

    • money2long - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Mor like a high school reunion.

  2. sdelmonte - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    It still amazes me that there was an NBA franchise in Rochester, NY. Things change.

    • spursareold - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      Ft. Wayne, IN
      Buffalo, NY
      Syracuse, NY
      Kansas City MO

  3. patfic5 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Wish Vince would’ve gone back to Toronto. Memphis? Bleh.

  4. djshnooks - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    And I promise you if they brought an NBA team back to Buffalo or Syracuse it would do pretty good, maybe not Rochester.

    They are getting a d-league team and many think it is to show Terry Pegula the NBA would have a following there…so he could buy an expansion team in Buffalo.

    Then again, there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell it would trump NFL or NHL.

    • fm31970 - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Expansion team!?!? The second round of the NBA draft is almost useless already. Where are they going to find enough good players to fill two more teams?!!? No happening for a very long time.

      As for the Raptors unis, those should be banned forever. Worst NBA uni design ever by a large margin. Aren’t the Raps getting a makover in 2015-2016 anyway? Maybe one last blast before they retire the Barney unis for good. I hope so.

      • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        This guy clearly hates anything fun.

  5. phaktor333 - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Quick fact: Florence Griffith Joyner, the deceased track star actually designed the Pacers uniform that has become the throwback. I actually like this. Now if #24 can start being clutch like #31, we may have something here.

  6. mazblast - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Bring back the old Cincinnati Royals uniforms for the Kings! I lived less than two miles from their Cincinnati Gardens home the last six years they were in town. They were usually the third-best team in the East behind Boston and Philly, until absentee owners traded Jerry Lucas (to the Knicks) and Oscar Robertson (to the Bucks), both with strong local roots, for NOTHING. Then the same owners moved the team to KC because no one came to the games anymore, ignoring the fact that they’d gutted the roster and the team stunk.

    One of my all-time favorite NBA memories was the night Nate Archibald put up something like 45 points against Atlanta while being “guarded” by Pete Maravich, who put up something like 48–and this was in the days before the 3-pointer!

  7. phluffyclouds - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Love those Raptors jerseys !!

    Next year: Charlotte Hornets throwbacks

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