Raptors rookie Gradey Dick goes viral after jersey swap with Magic counterpart

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What started out as an innocent jersey swap between two NBA rookies has social media howling.

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In a season that has left little to smile about for the Raptors and their fans, Gradey Dick is at least helping brighten the day for many.

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Dick and Orlando Magic counterpart Anthony Black were chatting after Sunday night’s game when the two decided to take part in a traditional show of respect — a jersey swap.

Black quickly went to grab a team photographer, then traded shirts with Dick and the duo posed for a quick snap.

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It was clear that the two players were in on the joke, with Black swapping spots with Dick to get the meme just right.

It didn’t take long for social media to blow up.

“They understood the assignment,” one commenter said.

Another stated: “Black and Dick legends for eternity.”

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For what it’s worth, Dick has shown a very outgoing personality, with the former Kansas star showing up to the NBA draft in a ruby red suit, referencing Dorothy’s slippers from The Wizard of Oz.

His choice of the No. 1 to go with his unique last name also had many on social media sharing a knowing laugh.

However, the Magic didn’t seem to find the jersey swap as funny as others. After seeing the amount of attention it was getting, Orlando’s social media team deleted the post from X, according to TMZ.

The game itself wasn’t very eventful, with the visiting Magic scoring a 111-96 win, sending the Raptors to a seventh straight loss.

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Dick started and played 27 minutes for the Raptors, scoring 10 points and notching one assist.

Black, the sixth-overall pick in the 2023 draft, played just three minutes, scoring two points.

Next up for the Raptors is a home matchup with the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. But, looking at their roster, don’t expect any viral jersey swaps at the end of that contest.

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