Toronto Raptors Considering Name Change?

By Staff  |  06/06/2013

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Toronto entered the NBA in 1994 as an expansion team, and chose the name "Raptors," reportedly due to the popularity of Jurassic Park at the time. But, is it time for change?

According to the National Post, Franchise CEO Tim Leiweke recently suggested that the organization may consider a name change.

"We're definitely going to take a look at it," Leiweke said, regarding the potential change. "It doesn't mean we're committed to it. It means it's a good conversation. I saw those generic uniforms today in the paper... That won't be the uniform, by the way. I can assure you of that. I think we need to have this conversation."

So, for now, the Raptors name will probably remain, but a switch may be imminent in the future.

In the past few months, the New Orleans Hornets have become the Pelicans, which then allowed the Charlotte Bobcats to announce their intention to become the Hornets.