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Although it may be an issue tucked away deep in the closets of many Raptors fans, ask any fan about Vince Carter and prepare to face the music. Pure venom comes spewing their mouths and only the bad memories remain. Vince Carter leaving for the Nets is on the same playing field as LeBron’s Decision in most parts of Ontario.
Carter took it to the radio waves to try to ease the pain that he gave Raptors fans, saying he was a changed man from his days in Toronto.
“I did not hate Toronto. I love it to this day. I still have friends there, I grew up there. I became who I am today right there in Toronto. Toronto gave me my opportunity to be a basketball player; to fulfill a dream. I won the Rookie of the Year (Award) there. I won the dunk contest there. I’ve done all the wonderful things, my career highs all came right in that uniform. Nothing can replace that, nothing, so to be honored that way — absolutely. I have no ill feelings. I am very appreciative of the organization.”
Having covered the Raptors for a few years, I can tell you first hand that the majority of Raptors fans absolutely despise Vince Carter. They won’t recognize him for being their best player in franchise history, or the Rookie of the Year award he won there, or any other jaw-dropping plays that happened at the Air Canada Centre. He is simply neglected.
Here’s a clip of James Borbath’s opinion, a long-time Raptors blogger and fan.
“So ask yourself what is the motivation for him to do so? Here is a hint, if Vince does anything it usually is about doing something that helps Vince at the end of the day.”
The reality is Vince Carter probably won’t end up north of the border again, and whether this is a publicity stunt is a matter of opinion. Although I’m not from Toronto or a Raptors fan, I would tell fans to forgive him. But I suppose that would be like asking Cleveland to be cool with LeBron again.
You Allowed Yourself to get Played by Vince Carter? – Dino Nation Blog
Vince Carter and the Toronto Raptors; Together Forever – Raptors HQ
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