Should the Toronto Raptors honour Vince Carter?

From the Toronto Sun’s Mike Ganter:

“As part of the club’s 15th anniversary celebrations, the Raptors are hoping to honour, of all people, Vince Carter on Nov. 22 when Orlando returns.

”Everybody wants to know how we can do it, but Vince is part of the history here,” GM Bryan Colangelo told the Orlando Sentinel. “Most of the people that he had problems with here are gone.”

Fans who love to bash Vinsanity may differ.”

Personally, I think they should do something, but I’m not certain the fans will really allow it. But seriously, people, can we really not celebrate the best player (by far) in our franchise history? At some point, just let it go. The majority of my best basketball memories involve Vince, and he took the team farther than it’s ever gone.

If it happens, people will boo… But should they?

What’s the right thing to do here?

And will you boo? Or cheer?


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November 3, 2009 10:18 am

They absolutely should…and I somewhat disagree with the “fans allowing it”. There was a mini wave of disbelief when the list of players they were going to honour and Vince wasn’t on it. I mean, Matt Bonner and Popeye Jones, but no Vince? Really?

If Glen Grunwald can take the mike at centre court and get booed after a horrible season, then so can Vince and this franchise. Booing the best player this team has ever had, at that moment, would unfortunately show this city to be pretty classless, but if people want to boo…fine. Letting a season of honouring past greats go by without acknowledging what he has done for us is far worse.

Brian Gerstein
November 3, 2009 10:22 am

This is a real tough one. Vince certainly was responsible for putting the Raptors and Toronto on the NBA map. The Raptors used to actually be seen on National US television, something that is not even remotely possible now and in recent years.

Yes, he also is our best player by far, and don’t even pretend for a second that Chris Bosh is in Vince’s class while he was here, even factoring in that they play different positions. Vince made his teamates better and elevated their games, something that Bosh is sadly incapable of doing. Plus Vince was able to raise his game in crunch time, something Bosh also has been unable to do, and the main reason why we got Turkoglu.

On the flip side, Vince demanded to be traded in public, thus killing our chances for a fair return (although I had no idea that Babcock would give him away plus force us to buy out Mourning) plus his lethargic play and lack of effort, factoring his comments that he would not be dunking anymore certainly left a sour taste in my mouth that still lingers.

Has enough time passed that I can forgive and forget those bad times and celebrate the good times, of which there were many with Vince?

I hate to sit on the fence, but I am just not sure. The funny thing is the one thing that upset me the most with Vince was him flying to Duke to get his degree in person which I am convinced contributed to us losing the most important game in our franchise’s history.

Bottom line: Vince is for Vince, and not a real team player, even if his play in his motivated times here did make the team better.

Summing up, I would not cheer or boo. Just indifference when you put it all together for me.

November 3, 2009 11:21 am

The guy wanted out so no they shouldn’t honour him.

Al from Burlington
Al from Burlington
November 3, 2009 11:29 am

I think it is a little weird they are making such a big deal out of 15 years of being in the league. I mean if they had actually accomplished something other than a very brief appearance in the playoffs, then maybe they have something to celebrate, bit it seems pretty weak to me based on this franchise’s history and poor performance.

As for Vince, this dude publicy mailed in his performance at the end of his stay here, and did not care what the fans or the management thought of him. He is a spoiled brat who took his bat and went home. For the Raptors to honor this guy is a slap in the face of former teamates who played and cared here.

I doubt the Nets will ever honor him.

November 3, 2009 12:10 pm

Who was the marketing genius who decided on this?

Remember when VC rolled his eyes during the MVP chat for Bosh? F’M


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November 3, 2009 12:37 pm

There is no right answer. Fans should / will do what they want. From a business / entertainment perspective I understand why there has been an incease in these tribute events…But I have to say, they are over done for me. In my humble opinion, tributes should be reserved for the greats…Gretzky’s, Messiers, Yzerman, Sakic, Bradshaw, Montana etc…Or someone that has made a long standing contribution to an organization or community…Sundin, Halladay, Salming, Sittler, Bower….As much as I was a fan of Gary Roberts – a tribute was odd to me. As for Vince? A great talent – the best we’ve seen as a Raptor – but he didn’t win a thing here and left leaving a bad taste….At least Roberts was a person that the fans loved/respected to the end.

November 17, 2009 2:28 pm

VC got a standing ovation from nets fans when he returned, so he has no issues with us nets fans or anything, so ya the nets will honor vince, who actually ended up 2nd in our history of leading scorers and had the best PPG average

Nice Jayson
Nice Jayson
November 19, 2009 5:50 pm

The man deserves to be honored. Who ever says he doesn’t, he must be a foul. (After all he did for Us, He put not only Toronto but Canada on the map). Give the man a break.

March 23, 2010 3:56 pm

Should he? Yes . Will he want to be? Probably not. He didnt care for the franchise in the end why should he now. I have been a Raptors fan since they started and Vince by far is the best player to play for them, but i have a bit of puke in my mouth from when he admitted to not giving 100% and I think a lot of fans will feel the same. It would be a lot diferent if he was traded under diferent circumstances but he was traded because he wanted out!

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