Due to the Toronto Raptor mascot tearing his ACL in the offseason, the Toronto Raptors had to hustle to get a replacement and earlier, they officially announced the new mascot for the 2013-14 NBA season.
Here are the fine folks over at the Toronto Star with more of the details:
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment will turn to Stripes, a black-clad version of the mascot generally considered the best in the NBA.
“We didn’t want to trick our fans and put someone else out there as the Raptor,” said Shannon Hosford, vice-president of marketing and communications at MLSE. “We just wanted to be straight up about what happened.”
It’ll wear No. 13 on the front of its jersey and No. 14 on the back because it’s a one-year replacement. The look is different — black jersey and striped sleeves — and the antics won’t be nearly as theatrical as those of The Raptor, who blew out an Achilles tendon doing a routine backflip at a pre-season appearance in Halifax nearly a month ago.
For you Raptors fans missing the Raptor, the team will be using him in a series of videos about his rehabilitation.
Raptor image courtesy of Getty Images