The Toronto Raptors are all set to tip-off the 2019-20 NBA season tomorrow night, but first, they’ll take one last opportunity to bask in the golden glow of their 2018-19 championship.
For their home opener on Tuesday against the Zion Williamson-less New Orleans Pelicans, the Toronto Raptors will wear special one-night-only white-and-gold shooting shirts and warmup jackets.
The shirt features “Champions” scripted across the front in gold with the Larry O’Brien trophy above and the years “18” “19” on either side, the Raptors claw-ball logo on the right sleeve in gold and the Nike swoosh on the other. On the warmup jacket, similarly coloured white and gold, the Raptors logo moves to the front, the seasons get placed in a box and “NBA” is written up the right sleeve — a nice nod to the Raptors uniform is included up the side by way of a single golden chevron.
On the sidelines, players will also wear a grey Raptors cap with the team’s logo in gold rather than black. As is the case with the shirt and warmup jacket above, this cap will only be worn for the home opener.
As for the uniform, it’s business as usual on the court, the team will wear their familiar white “Association” (home) uniforms, the same design as they’ve worn for the past four seasons, but with one fairly important difference…
The championship tab has been added to the back collar of each of the Raptors jerseys (throwbacks excluded), continuing on a fairly recent practice in the NBA where all teams who have won a championship at any point in their history get to do so via this golden patch.
For those lucky enough to attend the game, the team is reportedly giving out replicas of their 2018-19 championship rings to fans entering the arena before giving out the real ones to the players, the ring and banner raising ceremony is set to get underway at 7:25 pm ET.
UPDATE: Take a look at the Raptors 2019 championship banner and rings below