The jerseys are in stores now, and the timing of the release couldn’t have worked out better for the team’s bottom line
— after a stirring 133-99 win at home in their first matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, there’s surely no shortage of fans looking to fly their Raptors flag this morning.
The jerseys are part of Nike’s latest wave of NBA jerseys, new alternates for each team dubbed “City” edition, and almost across the board are the boldest yet.
As per the team, the chevron across the chest — for years a staple along the sides of the Raptors’ jerseys and shorts — has six points that each represent a borough of Toronto. The “NORTH” in place of either “Toronto” or “Raptors” is said to “represent a territory all our own,” while the colours, which have been part of the team’s uniform sets for a few seasons now, are borrowed from Drake’s OVO brand.
The new uniforms also come accompanied with a new chevron-heavy court design that will be seen whenever these jerseys are worn at home.
The jerseys are fine and certainly a departure from the teams traditional digs, but are fairly white bread compared to the recently unveiled looks from teams like the Orlando Magic or Portland Trail-Blazers (plaid!), which isn’t a bad thing.
Regardless of what you think of the Raptors’ new threads, we can all come together and agree that at the very least they’re not as bad as Cleveland’s.