Toronto Raptors

Take a virtual trip down memory lane with retro looks from the Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies in 'NBA 2K20'

Ja Morant guards Kyle Lowry (2K Sports/NBA 2K20)

The year is 1995 and professional basketball has returned to Canada in the form of not one, but two NBA teams - the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies.

Naturally, the new kids on the block had unmistakable identities, with Toronto opting for a vibrant colour scheme of purple, red and black and a set of pinstripe uniforms that featured their signature dinosaur on the chest.

Vancouver, on the other hand, went with a predominantly teal colour scheme that featured accents of red and black while its uniforms featured a unique wordmark on the chest, a Native American pattern to trim and a large bear on the shorts.


Monday marks the day in which the Raptors were scheduled to host the second half a home-and-home with the Grizzlies, who have since moved to Memphis, after the originally scheduled first meeting at the FedEx Forum over the weekend.

As both franchises are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their respective inaugural seasons that began in Canada, both Toronto and Memphis were set to wear throwbacks from the 1995-96 season while playing on retro courts in each game, per the NBA's LockerVision.

Saturday night, fans would have been taken back to General Motors Place in Vancouver before taking a nostalgic trip to the SkyDome on Monday. Since we aren't able to tune into the games as originally planned, the next best thing is to take it to NBA 2K20 for a visual trip down memory lane.

Without further ado, onto the visuals…

From warm-ups

To the tip in Memphis

And in Toronto

The Raptors six-time All-Star gets things going against the Grizzlies' future All-Star

Toronto's All-Star duo of Lowry and Pascal Siakam

A clean look for Fred VanVleet…

and Norman Powell.

Monday also would have been a homecoming for Mississauga native Dillon Brooks, as well as former Raptor Jonas Valanciunas.

While Saturday would have been a homecoming for Grit-N-Grind legend Marc Gasol.

Speaking of home, Brandon Clarke can proudly represent his hometown of Vancouver, and the CanCon doesn't stop there…

Montreal-native Chris Boucher in the Raps' original uniforms just looks…right.

Brooks and Clarke are two of Memphis's - and Canada's - brightest young stars.

And yep, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Morant spent some time above the rim.

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