Toronto Raptors: Vince Carter, thanks but no thanks


Vince Carter a Toronto Raptor again?  This could be a reality.  Carter was on TSN Radio and said, "If (Toronto) gave me the opportunity, I don't even think I'd let them finish the questions.  Yes.  I'm in."  "Could I see it?  Absolutely, I'd leave that up to the franchise.  It all started in Toronto, I'd be a fool to ever forget that."

The thing is you did forget that the moment you wanted to leave Toronto.  He was the face of the franchise but couldn't carry the franchise.  Back then, the Raptors were competitive, somewhat of a force in the NBA.  To think we had Tracy Mcgrady and Vince Carter at the same time.  Mcgrady took his talents elsewhere and Carter did a bit later.  Most times a player leaves a team it's because they want to win a championship, the Raptors were a piece or two away from that so what was it that pushed Carter away?

The Raptors would have paid him to stay.  In the end, it was more than likely the lack of exposure he was receiving in Toronto.  Toronto could not give him the kind of exposure New Jersey or say Los Angeles could.  And now that he has had that exposure and is nearing the end of his career he wants to come back?  That tells you it wasn't about winning a championship because he has no rings and any contender right now would pick him up, he wants to fix his legacy which was tarnished by his ugly exit from the Raptors.

Being Canadians, we tend to forgive but I don't see us ever forgiving Vince Carter.  I believe the chances would have been higher had Chris Bosh not left the way he did.  With the Bosh exit fresh on our minds, the chances of us forgiving Vince Carter is slim to none.  He had his fame, a long career and would now come back to where it all started.

Accepting Vince Carter back would be negative for the Toronto Raptors.  It would show current and future players that you can start your career with the Raps, leave any way you choose and come back to open arms.  We need to put our foot down, that if you treat us like a leaning post, we will not be there for you in the future.  We refuse to continue to be the losers of the NBA, where we draft a star only to see them leave a few years later for more fame.  We will put our foot down and continue to sign and draft players who want to play for the Raptors and stay with them.  No longer will we be thought of as a stepping stone and it starts with not allowing Vince Carter to return to Toronto just so he can salvage and fix his legacy.

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