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Kyle Lowry: DeMar DeRozan stopped Raptors from making black and gold main colors

Kyle Lowry

Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, left, drives past Philadelphia 76ers’ Robert Covington during first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT


A couple years ago, the Raptors were considering changing their colors to black and gold.

As we know now, they kept red as a primary color. They just created a Drake-inspired black-and-gold alternate jersey to go with home whites and road reds.

Why didn’t the Raptors go full Drake?

Apparently, DeMar DeRozan.

Kyle Lowry on The Lowe Post podcast with Zach Lowe:

We was supposed to change everything. We was supposed to go to black and gold everything.

And DeMar was like, he didn’t want to do that, because he’s been here with the red and the white – and they’re Canadian colors.

Listen, our colors are red and white. This is what it is. Let’s leave it how it is. We’re Canada’s team.

It’s very cool how the Raptors have embraced being Canada’s team. It wasn’t long ago players like Steve Francis and Vince Carter seemed to loathe it up there.

Now, it’s a place some – including DeRozan – want to be.

We The North has been a brilliant marketing scheme, as it really reflects how fans feel.

Keeping maple-leaf read in the color scheme only helps form that identity.