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Raptors Considering Name Change?

Not sure if this is old, but...surprising news. Looks like the Raps are trying to re-brand their image.

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When the Raptors introduced their new General Manager Masai Ujiri this week, most of the focus was on he Raptors roster, such as could the new GM find a sucker team to take on the contract of Andrea Bargnani.

But there was one more interesting conversation — the idea of a name change.

New CEO Tim Leiweke said the idea is on the table, reports the National Post.

“We’re definitely going to take a look at it. It doesn’t mean we’re committed to it. It means it’s a good conversation. I saw those generic uniforms today in the paper. … That won’t be the uniform, by the way. I can assure you of that. I think we need to have this conversation.”

Toronto’s team has been named the Raptors since 1995 when they were first established as a franchise. At the time there was a huge naming contest that drew thousands of suggestions from throughout Canada. It’s not a coincidence that the Raptors name was selected at a time when the “Jurassic Park” movie had just come out. It was also thought that a younger generation — kids love dinosaurs! — would latch on to the name and become lifelong fans.

But the name Raptors isn’t terribly Canadian (all the fossils were found in Mongolia and China). The uniforms are pretty uninspiring.

There are a couple name changes going on in the NBA. As of now the Pelicans play in New Orleans, not the Hornets — much of the nation shook their head at that name change but it went over well in the Big Easy, and that’s what matters. With the name Hornets open, Charlotte announced it would take the Hornets name back and ditch Bobcats (that does not start until the fall of 2014).

Any name change in Toronto would take a couple years to come about, at least.

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If they really wanted a fresh start, they should focus on getting rid of Barg first...


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I think a name change isnt a

I think a name change isnt a bad idea. There are some cool indigenous animals to Canada. Red Bats, Bison, Wolverine, Black Bears.

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Raptors are going to have a

Raptors are going to have a hard time attracting FA's . With this new CBA they have an advantage in resigning their own players they should be trying to collect as many draft picks as possible and build a team through the draft. Targeting and trading for 3rd rate "Star" players and paying them 20 million a year isnt going to build a consistent winner.

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i dont like it

being from toronto, i love the raptors even though watching their games over the years has taken a few years off my life. there isnt a problem with the logo, i love the raptor but its gotten away from that with plain jerseys that just say the name on them and a claw at the mid court. if anything i would maybe change up the colours a bit to stand out more or maybe change the raptor to look more pissed off. the key thing is we've sucked for so long that people outside of toronto wont wear our stuff since their isnt a bandwagon to jump on. i dont remember there being a problem with our gear when carter was dunking on everyone

winning solves all problems, and the raptor is a sick logo (and our mascot is probably the best in the league), i wouldnt change it because i wouldnt want to be wearing a beaver on my stuff, black bear is too close to the grizzlies, michigan university is known as the wolverines and always will

bright colours are a good idea, i just got no clue which ones to go with. lakers got yellow/purple, knicks got orange/blue, celtics got their green, warriors the blue/yellow. i feel like you need to pick a set of unique colours so that you become associated with them and not worry about your nickname. the lakers doesnt even make sense in los angeles, the name came from their old spot as the minneapolis lakers (the land of 10000 lakes)

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Waste of time and money

If you put a bunch of hobos on the court and call them the Super Ninjas, what's the point?

Put a tiger on the court and call them the &$#%#&@! cats. I don't care as long as they win basketball games.

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Really? You bleeped out

Really? You bleeped out &$#%#&@! cats?

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Toronto Red Bats?? I'd

Toronto Red Bats?? I'd boycott.

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I wouldn't oppose a name change but

I like the raptors name and mascot, the logo is pretty solid... they should go for a Black, Red and Purple color scheme similar to what Vince Carter used to wear.

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I always thought the Purple

I always thought the Purple Jerseys were cool, and it definitely helps to have a guy like Vince Carter to help promote the team and their gear... Wasn't it Durant who said he thought they had the coolest jerseys and wanted to be a Raptor when he was a kid. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the name raptors.
Why would you not want to be called the raptors? In my opinion thats one of the coolest names in the NBA. The jerseys could definitely be revamped and made better as they are kinda plain...
But a name change isn't gonna do sheeiiit for this team.

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Yea, why would they be the

Yea, why would they be the Toronto Raptors if Bosh already left.

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Personally I think Raptors is

Personally I think Raptors is one of the cooler names in the league, I'd rather it not be changed.

I think teams need to stop trying to make their names some sort of local theme...I live in OKC and as much as I love the team the name Thunder is stupid. Yeah it storms here a lot, but who cares? I voted for the Bison when the names were being polled, they're an iconic animal in Oklahoma plus they're beastly and served a purpose in the shaping of this nation. Yet somehow Thunder won so they made a Bison as the mascot instead of the name...

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I thought u live in

I thought u live in minnisota? "cindy""

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Minnesota*?

Minnesota*?

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The Raptors unis used to be

The Raptors unis used to be so fly. They need to bring back the ones with the huge raptor on the front, if I was a FA I would go there just to wear them lol

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Those Vince Carter ones were

Those Vince Carter ones were sick too. Purple on the front, black on the back. I used to create a player on NBA Live 03 and put him on the Raptors just because of the jersey.

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Good call. I loved those

Good call. I loved those ones, except I played NBA 2k3 :|

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I actually like the name

I actually like the name Raptors. It's much better than some of these cheesier names in the L. The Bucks? Pelicans?

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NOOO! I like the Raptors in

NOOO! I like the Raptors in terms of their uniforms and name man

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How can they even consider

How can they even consider this, it is for sure one of the best names in the league. they should definitely bring back the old unis with the raptor on the front. Of all the jerseys ive ever owned as a kid until now, my Tracy Mcgrady rookie jersey was my all time fav

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What name would they possibly

What name would they possibly change it to? I wrote about it a couple days ago, but my suggestions for names were sarcastic and terrible.

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