Raptors will dust off retro purple jerseys for next season

The Raptors are breaking out the team's original jersey for select home games during the 2014-15...

The Raptors are breaking out the team's original jersey for select home games during the 2014-15 season. (Reuters)

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Already planning to wear a commemorative patch to honour their 20 year anniversary, the Raptors will also break out the team's original jersey for select home games during the 2014-15 season.

The team said Thursday night that the purple jersey will be back for at least part of the franchise's 20th anniversary season.

“We are excited to bring back a piece of team history as part of our 20th Anniversary celebration,” Raptors president/general manager Masai Ujiri said in a release.

"Our fans have shown affection for the original purple uniform and I think our players will enjoy the chance to wear them next season.”

Many current NBA stars said they grew up as fans of the team, which wore the purple, silver and black jerseys in its first few years of existence, including the start of the Vince Carter era.

According to the team, 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.


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