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Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors
NBA Team
NameToronto Raptors
ConferenceEastern
DivisionAtlantic
Founded1995
HistoryToronto Raptors
(1995 present)
ArenaSkydome
(1995-1999)
Air Canada Centre
(1999 present)
CityToronto, Ontario, Canada
ColorsRed, Black, Silver, White,
       
OwnerMaple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
General managerBryan Colangelo
Head coachDwane Casey
D-League affiliateBakersfield Jam
Championships0
Conference titles0
Division titles1 (2006 07)

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The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are part of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team was established in 1995, along with the Vancouver Grizzlies, as part of the NBA's re-expansion into Canada. When the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, to become the Memphis Grizzlies in 2001, the Raptors became the only Canadian team in the NBA. They originally played their home games at the SkyDome (renamed as Rogers Centre in 2005), before moving to the Air Canada Centre (ACC) in 1999.

Like most expansion teams, the Raptors struggled in their early years; but after the acquisition of Vince Carter through a draft day trade in 1998, the team set league attendance records and made the NBA Playoffs in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Carter was instrumental in leading the team to their first playoff series win in 2001, where they advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. During the 2002 03 and 2003 04 seasons, they failed to make significant progress and he was traded in 2004 to the New Jersey Nets. After Carter left, Chris Bosh emerged as the team leader, but they continued to struggle. However, with the appointment of Bryan Colangelo as General Manager, new head coach Sam Mitchell, and a revamp of the roster for the 2006 07 season, they qualified for their first playoff berth in five years and captured their first division title. In the following season, they advanced to the playoffs again. In a bid to persuade Bosh to stay beyond the final year of his contract, the team had a roster overhaul in the 2009 10 season. However, the attempt to make the playoffs was unsuccessful and Bosh signed with the Miami Heat in July 2010, ushering in a new era for the franchise.


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