In the realm of NBA jerseys, the latest craze has been the sleeved jerseys. It started with the Golden State Warriors in the 2012-13 season and has since spread to almost every team in the league having an alternate jersey with sleeves. They’ve certainly been met with their fair share of not-so-pleasant reviews from players and fans alive.
However, it seems like the league often underestimates the “cool” factor in bringing back a quality throwback jersey. In the 2014-15 NBA season, though, we’ll be getting to see one of the coolest jerseys in the league history make a comeback for several games throughout the year.
According to an official press release from the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, the team will wear their vintage purple “Dino” uniforms on several occasions throughout the 2014-15 NBA season. The throwback look will be in commemoration of the organization’s 20th anniversary next season and will certainly bring back a unique style to the team and the league.
The “Dino” jerseys are one of the most identifiable uniforms that the NBA has ever seen. Not only is there an eye-catching color-scheme, but there’s also the unmistakable bright red raptor dead in the center of the jersey. More than any of this, though, the “Dino” jerseys call back to a time where the Raptors were one of the most exciting teams in the league, the days of the Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady era.
The Raptors are all but locked into the postseason this year, but you also can’t deny their distinct lack of success in recent years. Bringing back these old uniforms, even in a limited capacity, serves as somewhat of a symbol of things changing for the better for this team. If you don’t buy that, at least you’ll have the chance to add another sick throwback to your jersey collection.