Clippers, Raptors Reveal New Throwbacks

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Paul here, taking a rare weekend turn while the rest of the Uni Watch team enjoys the holiday weekend.

Couple of NBA teams revealed new throwbacks yesterday. Let’s start in L.A., where the Clippers announced that they’ll be dressing up this season as their franchise forebears, the Buffalo Braves. I’m not nuts about reviving a team that used Native American iconography, but I do like to see a team acknowledging its history, and I’ve always loved the diagonal striping on those old Braves unis. You can see some additional details in this promo video.

No word yet on when this uniform will be worn.

Meanwhile, in Toronto, the Raptors announced that they’ll be bringing back their inaugural 1995 white home uniform as a throwback this season:

Again, no word yet on when this uniform will be worn. As you may recall, the Raptors wore the purple version of this uni as a throwback in 2014-15, which raises an interesting question: How many uniform designs have been revived as throwbacks in both their home and road versions?

That’s it for today (sorry, holiday weekend and all). See you back here tomorrow! — Paul

23 comments to Clippers, Raptors Reveal New Throwbacks

  • Wade Heidt | August 31, 2019 at 9:08 am |

    It would be really best if the Raptors could make an arrangement when Memphis visits Toronto.

    Would be sweet to see the Vancouver Grizzlies throwbacks vs. Toronto Raptors in their throwbacks.

    • Biff Dunkster | August 31, 2019 at 10:49 am |

      Not for us in Vancouver. Thanks but no thanks.

      • Wade Heidt | August 31, 2019 at 12:40 pm |

        As a Vancouver resident myself, I don’t mind. Different perspective. I was a Vancouver Grizzlies fan and have been to their games.

        I’ve accepted Memphis is wearing the Vancouver throwbacks for this upcoming season. We are going to see it, so might as well have the 2 expansion cousins play each other in their original uniforms.

  • ThresherK | August 31, 2019 at 10:00 am |

    Tangent, seeing that Buffalo name actually on the LAC throwback:

    What major sports team is least likely to have a throwback with a label/logo of a past location?

    • Ryan M | August 31, 2019 at 10:03 am |

      New York Yankees throwing back to Baltimore Orioles?

    • Joe | August 31, 2019 at 10:16 am |

      The Ravens

    • Hit the Glass | August 31, 2019 at 10:29 am |

      OKC Thunder

    • Patrick in MI | August 31, 2019 at 10:42 am |

      Colorado Avalanche? I sure miss those Nordiques sweaters.

      • ThresherK | August 31, 2019 at 2:20 pm |

        I’m the last Nordiques fan in my state. Agree on the sweaters.

    • DenverGregg | August 31, 2019 at 11:02 am |

      How far back are you willing to consider?
      New York Yankees won’t play as Baltimore Orioles.
      Washington Redskins will never play as Boston Braves.
      Baltimore Orioles 2.0 won’t play as St. Louis Browns.
      etc.

      • Phil Hecken | August 31, 2019 at 11:06 am |

        Baltimore Orioles 2.0 won’t play as St. Louis Browns.

        You sure about that?

        • Brian | August 31, 2019 at 11:18 am |

          Guessing the Orioles won’t play as the Milwaukee Brewers (1901), though.

        • Phil Hecken | August 31, 2019 at 11:41 am |

          Ohhhh, well played. Technically they could tho…

      • ThresherK | August 31, 2019 at 2:19 pm |

        I was particularly thinking of the NYY and the (AL original) Orioles. I grew up 70 mi from NYC and know how their fans roll.

    • Tim | August 31, 2019 at 6:00 pm |

      Minnesota Twins as Washington Senators?
      Texas Rangers as Washington Senators?

    • John Elbertson | August 31, 2019 at 10:02 pm |

      I would love to see the Oakland A’s throw back as the Philadelphia A’s, but I doubt it will ever happen. Unless it did and I missed it.

  • StAugustine | August 31, 2019 at 10:37 am |

    Would be cooler to have the Clippers play a game IN Buffalo as Buffalo.

    • art | September 2, 2019 at 11:17 am |

      Particularly against the Celtics, with both teams in Braves unis.

  • Nestor Chylak | August 31, 2019 at 11:17 am |

    Have the Rangers and Twins ever played each other with BOTH teams as the Washington Senators?

    • superfly | August 31, 2019 at 3:27 pm |

      That would be fun and funny

  • JurassicClone | August 31, 2019 at 2:06 pm |

    The Raptors should just get the Griffins contest winning entry and cut the sleeves off them.

  • RICKAZ | August 31, 2019 at 8:23 pm |

    I remember them with Bob McAdoo wearing light blue.

  • FakeName123 | August 31, 2019 at 11:08 pm |

    OKC Thunder actually can never wear the Sonics stuff since the city retained all logos and colors with the lawsuit/agreement… same technically with the Ravens (fka Browns) but logos aside of course, even if CLE never came back there would be riots if BAL ever tried that.