The Raptor is coming back.
Raptors head coach Dwane Casey broke the news Friday that the team’s injured mascot would return soon.
“We have a personnel guy returning. The Raptor is coming back March 23rd,” Casey said before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
“He won’t be full strength, but he will be back. I wanted to make that injury announcement.”
The Raptor, who has been entertaining Toronto fans since the team’s inception, blew out his ACL while doing a backflip during a school visit during training camp in Halifax back in early October.
He’s been on the sidelines ever since, but has diligently worked toward a return.
Casey laughed when asked if the fill-in mascot, Stripes, would be sent down to Bakersfield of the NBA’s Development League.
Meanwhile, injured forward Patrick Patterson will be re-evaluated in “a couple more days to see where he is,” Casey said.
Toronto’s sixth man was deemed out 7-10 days due to an elbow injury last Sunday. He had been playing through it, but re-aggravated the injury last Friday.