Raptors’ new ‘City’ jerseys leak on NBA Europe online store

Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan high fives fans as he comes off court. (Chris Young/CP)

The Toronto Raptors are going to rep the north side pride on their chest. Literally.

The ‘City’ jerseys, now available on the NBA Europe store site, replaces “Raptors” with “North” on the front of the jersey and takes on the colours of Toronto native and Raptors Global Ambassador Drake’s OVO brand.

The new Raptors ‘City’ edition jersey. (nbastore.eu)

You can find the new jerseys for each NBA franchise here.

Nike took over from Adidas as the official jersey provider for the 2017-18 season, and have been criticized on numerous fronts. The jerseys have been tearing with moderate physical contact, and there were no Christmas-specific jerseys created for games played on the 25th, as is usually tradition.

Another change that has drawn mixed reviews is the switch from the home and away concept to the ‘Association’, ‘Icon’, ‘Statement’, and ‘City’ editions that can be worn at the team’s discretion.

The Raptors play a pair of home games against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors on Jan. 11 and Jan. 13, so it may just be a matter of a fortnight before we see the jerseys on the court.

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