How NBA Teams got their names
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How NBA Teams got their names

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When Toronto was granted an expansion franchise in 1993, the city immediately polled fans across the nation to determine what the team's new name would be.

The final list of possibilities was filled with animal names (per NBA.com)—Beavers, Bobcats, Dragons, Hogs, etc.—but of them all, Raptors (fueled, according to Mentalfloss.com's Scott Allen, by the success of the movie Jurassic Park) was chosen as the best.
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When Vancouver was given a franchise in 1994, the team owners wanted a name symbolic of the region. After striking out with their first choice—the Mounties (thank goodness that didn't stick)—a name-the-team contest led to the name Grizzlies.
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Toronto Buds woulda been perfect.
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I liked Raptors and Towers when all that was going on. I still like the name Raptors but I wish they would completely rid the world of the original logo with the dino and the triangles and universally use the claw logo.
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Toronto Buds woulda been perfect.
More like Fizzles or Flats, if you insist on beer names.

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And while they're at it get rid of the damn chevrons on the sides of the jerseys too.
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Old 02-12-2013, 05:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Love the Raps as a name, love the old logo, hate the boring generic claw.
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Toronto Buds woulda been perfect.
You're obviously joking
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And while they're at it get rid of the damn chevrons on the sides of the jerseys too.
Yeh, as if chevrons weren't bad enough I think they're metallic silver too?
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That should have been considered for sure. Better than Hogs/Beavers.
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I could swear there's a thread and article like this posted at least once a season....
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Love the Raps as a name, love the old logo, hate the boring generic claw.
i like both, its always good to have the logo actually have the object of the team name
but i think the ball claw is a pretty smart looking logo too

personally i don't mind that name, half the names in sports are silly, at least Raptors are "fierce" beings
the idea that it came from a popular movie kind of sucks and makes the name silly, but if it wasn't from a movie there wouldn't be anything silly about it
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i like both, its always good to have the logo actually have the object of the team name
but i think the ball claw is a pretty smart looking logo too

personally i don't mind that name, half the names in sports are silly, at least Raptors are "fierce" beings
the idea that it came from a popular movie kind of sucks and makes the name silly, but if it wasn't from a movie there wouldn't be anything silly about it
To me the Claw is one of the best Logo in the NBA. Oddly i hate our floor including the logo. lol
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To me the Claw is one of the best Logo in the NBA.
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Yep, I wish they'd limit the logo to a claw with basketball.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:48 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I love the cartoon dinosaur, never understood the hate!
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:30 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I kind of like the claw. Simple but nice.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:39 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Buds beavers? no one from america would wanna play here if we were called that, lol
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I've been around the Bitove family and hearing them tell it, it sounds like their kids basically chose the "Raptors" as the franchise name.
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