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Toronto Raptors mix old and new in 20th anniversary logo

The Toronto Raptors unveiled their 20th anniversary logo on Tuesday, March 04, 2014.
The Toronto Raptors unveiled their 20th anniversary logo on Tuesday, March 04, 2014. Handout / MLSE

TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors have unveiled their 20th anniversary logo.

One of the logo’s defining characteristics is the colour purple; the teams primary colour used during its first 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).  The jersey also features a throwback to the font used for Raptors’ jerseys when the likes of Tracy McGrady played for the team.

Tim Leiweke, president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, said in a statement Tuesday the logo “reminds us of the success and history we’re working to create.”

The team came into existence in 1995 and is currently Canada’s only NBA team. Along with the anniversary jersey, the team will also be hosting the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

Through the team’s 20 year history, it has not won an NBA championship, making the playoffs only five times.  The team’s two most successful seasons include 2000-2001 when the team finished second in the regular season but lost in the conference semi-finals and in 2006-2007 as the team finished first in their division but lost in the first round of the playoffs.

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