MINNEAPOLIS, MN -– In the aftermath of Friday’s horrific 95-74 loss to the lowly Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks forward Vince Carter kept getting peppered with questions concerning the possibility of the Raptors one day retiring his jersey.
“I look at it as an honor to have my jersey retired because it’s an appreciation for the groundwork and the work that I’ve done here in the city,’’ Carter said. “Why would I say no? Why would I decline that?
“That is an honor. That’s something everybody doesn’t get the opportunity to be asked, to be honored, to have the opportunity, so to turn that down is just ridiculous.’’
Carter is easily the most decorated player in Raptors’ history. He played for the Raptors from 1998-2004 where he earned such glorified nicknames as Vinsanity, Air Canada and Half-Man Half-Amazing
However, fans didn’t like the way Carter exited. Some accused him of quitting on the Raptors, a charge Carter defiantly denies.
“We fought like heck back then trying to get good players, and that’s just something that was the challenge,’’ Carter said. “Getting good people to understand that Toronto is a great place to play, and I wanted to prove that by re-signing back then.
“Not because I had to. Because I wanted to. Unfortunately things didn’t work out and I moved on.’’
-- Dwain Price
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