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    Quote joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
    I blame that whole "Sea of Red" Bull crap Promotion.

    Nets walked in with their Red Jerseys and laughed at us.
    NBA, and in fact all leagues, need to do what NHL does and have home team wear their colours and road team wear white.

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    Quote Letter N wrote: View Post
    NBA, and in fact all leagues, need to do what NHL does and have home team wear their colours and road team wear white.
    Do ALL teams in the NHL have a white away jersey? Because, while I completely agree with this, it would require ALOT of changes to be made by teams in the NBA. Cuz even with the 'Light Jerseys' & 'Dark Jerseys', it still leaves room for replication.
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    Quote joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
    Do ALL teams in the NHL have a white away jersey? Because, while I completely agree with this, it would require ALOT of changes to be made by teams in the NBA. Cuz even with the 'Light Jerseys' & 'Dark Jerseys', it still leaves room for replication.
    Not sure what you mean, but yes every NHL team has an away jersey that's base colour is white, the logo is still coloured but the majority is white. I think it's the same in NBA, I can't think of a single team who doesn't have majority white for their home colours.

    Edit: or did you mean replication in that both Atlanta and Miami are still red? I don't think that's as big of a problem because unless all teams adopt a "white out" then you'll end up with problems like the Raptors/Nets series where fans are wearing the colours that the other team is wearing RIGHT THEN AND THERE.
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    The Lakers are the only team who doesn't wear white, right?
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    Quote Letter N wrote: View Post
    Not sure what you mean, but yes every NHL team has an away jersey that's base colour is white, the logo is still coloured but the majority is white. I think it's the same in NBA, I can't think of a single team who doesn't have majority white for their home colours.
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    I saw a handful of games over the years between 2000 - 2008 but i don't remember the games in the VC era too well because i was quite young. I remember seeing the 2000 dunk contest with my cousins and a couple of games during the VC era. After that i never watched again till i was 11 (07 - 8). I watched a couple of games during our last playoff appearance and then stopped for a year. I watched a couple of games near the end of 09 - 10 season where we failed to make the playoffs.

    Then, i was going somewhere in the car with my mom one day during the summer of 2010 and heard on the news that Bosh might leave Toronto as a Free agent. That is when i began following the Raptors seriously. Pretty much the whole first month of summer break i spent researching the history of the team and all that. I remember printing out the full season schedule and posting it beside my bed (I still do that) and watching us draft Ed Davis.

    The first full season i watched was 10 - 11 season and i haven't missed more than 3 games since. So basically i began following during the "Bargnani era". I know i probably started watching at the worst possible time but i never really got into basketball seriously till i was 11 or 12, but i always liked it from a young age.

    - my first memory of the team was watching a Raptors Vs Knicks game in 2000, pretty sure it was regular season

    Favorite memories since:
    - 2000 Dunk Contest
    - first home opener i watched 2010 - 2011 (Home openers always pump me up big time)
    - Sonny Weems' game winner Vs Orlando
    - Ed Davis' NBA debut Vs the Wizards
    - Kyle Lowry's Raptors debut
    - Jonas' NBA debut
    - Rudy Gay Trade, dropping 20 on the clippers + 2 alley oop jams + Halftime buzzer-beating 3 pointer
    - DeMar's fadeaway game winner vs Orlando
    - Both of Rudy's Game winners
    - Mogov poster
    - Rudy's extreme cock back tomahawk vs NO
    - Terrence Ross' dunks + Dunk Contest
    - TRADING BARGNANI!
    I probably have more but i can't think of any right now, going blank lol
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    NoProps, if the Bargnani era is what sucked you in as a die-hard fan, then things can only go up from here. Your dedication will soon pay off
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    Quote NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
    -So basically i began following during the "Bargnani era". I know i probably started watching at the worst possible time but i never really got into basketball till i was 11 or 12.
    far from the worst possible time.... but not good for sure

    The Rob Babcock years were a massive clusterfuck of WTF moments

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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    NoProps, if the Bargnani era is what sucked you in as a die-hard fan, then things can only go up from here. Your dedication will soon pay off
    Actually it wasn't the "bargnani era" that sucked me in to watch as a die hard fan. I always liked the Raptors i just never seriously followed them till that particular time. Really the only reason i began following them is because they are Canada's only NBA team and i feel an attachment towards them. I remember being super optimistic thinking bargnani and/or DeRozan would blow up and become the "franchise guy". Once you watch a full season of terrible basketball and blowouts, all optimism begins to die slowly lol

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    I was a big Toronto Huskies fan back in the day but I had to wait 40 years for the NBA to come back to Toronto. The wait may be well worth it, someday.....

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    Quote heinz57 wrote: View Post
    since they announced we were getting a team.

    i remember being extremely upset that we drafted Mighty Mouse instead of Ed O'Bannon.... wow was i ever wrong on that one
    He is potentially doing great things for college players however (if I picked up the news on that correctly).

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    I've been a Raptors fan since I first heard Toronto was in the running for an expansion franchise.

    I was one of the few people who liked the Stoudamire draft pick, believing O'Bannon was overhyped during the NCAA tourney and that a new franchise should build around a floor-general PG (especially with a HOF PG as the team's GM).


    My top memories, in chronological order (I think):

    - laughing, in an embarassed and disbeliving way, when "Raptors" was announced as the winning nickname for Toronto's NBA franchise

    - drafting Mighty Mouse and watching him lead a horrendous team to a win over my beloved Bulls at the Skydome, on his way to a rookie-of-the-year award

    - Vinsanity winning the 2000 dunk contest, still arguably the greatest display of dunking in the history of the dunk contest

    - sitting a couple rows behind Wayne Gretzky, Spike Lee and Michael Rappaport, during Toronto's game #4 home win against the Knicks to knot their 2000-2001 1st round playoff series at 2-2, then watching the Raps win their first ever playoff series

    - being pissed off at VC for attending his university graduation ceremony (even before the game) the morning of game #7 against Philly, during their 2000-2001 2nd round playoff series, then watching his game winning shot rim out... that day was the beginning of the end for Vinsanity

    - my disgust at the VC trade... truly the start of the Raptors' dark ages

    - heartbreak watching Calderon's entry pass to Bosh get intercepted, sealing the fate of the favored Raptors in their 2006-2007 1st round playoff series against the Nets, who were lead by Raptors' nemesis Carter... that year had been the rebirth of the Raptors, only to end on such a sour note
    Baha. Michael mother fucking Rapaport! He was in everything in the mid 90's..
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    i have been following since they announced that Toronto woud be getting the team i still remember how few people even noticed and/or cared

    was already said but i remember isaiah coming thru the paper logo and realizing that the silly red dinosaur thing was going to be our logo and that raptors was going to be the name, that is my worst memory in sports period (hope that gets cleared up soon, go huskies or whatever they choose because it cant possibly be worse than raptors, the worst name in pro sports...)

    all the playoff games and beating the bulls in the skydome would be my favs, as well as vince at the dunk competition just because of context and profile and everybody knowng that we were not to be f*cked with anymore

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    I was a big Toronto Huskies fan back in the day but I had to wait 40 years for the NBA to come back to Toronto. The wait may be well worth it, someday.....
    Since the Huskies??? How old are you bro? Not to be a dick, just saying, that was almost 70 years ago lol

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    Quote Mr.Z wrote: View Post
    Since the Huskies??? How old are you bro? Not to be a dick, just saying, that was almost 70 years ago lol
    That's older than both my Grandfathers O_O

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    The first time I first started following the raps was when they traded jermaine o'neal to the heat for Marion I was a huge heat fan since 03 ever since wade got drafted but then we traded marion to toronto and so I started following them and I was hooked and started to lose interest in the heat after lebron came over and really started getting invested with them and I've only been to a couple of games including ben uzoh's triple double game and rudy's debut game and my fav rap moment i've witnessed so far was our win against Utah in double ot last season where Linas and Bayless went off idk but I just really enjoyed that game PS. I own both a Shawn marion heat and raps jersey
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    Quote Mr.Z wrote: View Post
    Since the Huskies??? How old are you bro? Not to be a dick, just saying, that was almost 70 years ago lol
    Fuck, my nana was 77 and was more computer-saavy than half my family. So, it's not unreasonable to think he could be telling the truth.
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    Day one.

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    Started following the Raptors at some point in their 1st season. I didn't follow the NBA, I just watched Raptor games cause they were on TV and I loved basketball. I was only about 9yrs old then so my memories of watching the Raps then are spotty at best.

    I was always one of the short guys in school so Mighty Mouse caught my attention. I couldn't believe that a guy his size was playing with the big boys, and doing what he was doing. What I remember from the first couple seasons was watching Stoudamire just break guys down with the dribble either blowing by them or performing his classic between the leg dribble to stepback 3. Walt "The Wizard" Williams was also a personal fav with his elbow 3s and high socks. To show you how spotty my memory is, I don't remember watching Camby in Raptors uniform but I remember them getting Charles Oakley lol.

    The year Vince got drafted is my favorite memory lol almost every fastbreak was on the highlight reel, the guy was just a dunking machine. But as for favorite single memory, it would have to be VC in the dunk contest. All Star Weekends were everything as a kid, so to have your fav player win the dunkoff, and in the fashion he did was just bananas. In game moment would have to be the dunk on Dikembe. Man the VC times... those were the days.

    As for the live experience, I only went to 2 games (vs Mavs some years back, they still had Finley & Howard n vs Lakers in 2009) prior to this past season, where I went to 17. Rudy's first game was by far the best experience, as like someone mentioned nobody expected him to play so everyone was tripping over themselves in joy that we were gonna witness his 1st game live. He definitely didn't disappoint. Unfortunately Kyrie Irvings 3PT to win the game is also up there lol. I was at the Nuggets game too where Mozgov got Mozgoved, but my dumbass had my head buried in my camera deleting pics when I missed the best one of the night. what a dumbass

    All in all, lots of ups and downs but hopefully this season will start the upswing we need. Ive learned a lot through the years, and have never been more sure of a GM than Masai, but at the same time ive never been more sceptical either
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    once bosh left lol

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