Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  12 responses

Vince Carter Would Like to Have Jersey Retired by the Toronto Raptors

Vince Carter remains the greatest player in Toronto Raptors history, and the increasingly-nostalgic veteran says that he would be honored if the franchise decided to retire his jersey one day. Per the Star-Telegram: “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.’”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    A lot of people in Toronto boo Carter for the sake of booing him. Ditto for Bosh or Mcgrady. Toronto fans boo just to be part of the crowd…a lot of Raptor fans are casual, and the television stations that cover them are casual in their coverage of the Raptors compared to the Leafs so they will say generic things (I’m looking at you, SportsNet) that stick in the minds of most people.

    However, as important as Carter was for the Raptors, he honestly only played 6.5 seasons for us, 2 of which he spent riding injuries (2002, and 2003). In that time, while he set franchise records, we only got as far as the 2nd round of the playoffs, and were swept in 2000 in the first round. Retiring his jersey would be equivalent ent to the Bucks retiring Glenn Robinson’s jersey, or something of that nature. Carter did not bleed purple – he did for 2 years, and then when things went sour, he chose to leave in literally the most cowardly way possible. A lot of players have demanded trades (Kobe, Melo, etc.) and wanted to be shipped; very few have actually killed their own production to get traded.

    Edit: For the record, I am a Toronto native, and have followed the team since 1998, Carter’s rookie year. VC was one of the main reasons I started following basketball.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    Ofc he does. Hence he’s been all nice and stuff in reflection, and has said he wouldnt midn returning here

  • Gman

    Raps miss alot of oppurtunities. And this is one they should not. Retire VC’s jersey because he will most likely be a HOFer, cant leave out the greatest dunker of all time.

    PS… for VC not bleeding purple…. He brought people over here, and re-signed with the Raps when all the US media said a player like him should not be in Canada. He made the Raptors valid. Retire him!

  • tyler

    Hey its raptors fault for him leaving. They dint give vince what he needed and wanted. Vince wanted dr. J (his fav player). Raptors office told there franchise player screw u and play with what we give u. U dont do that with ur fanchise player. I he wants something u give it to him. Kobe, lebron, wade got alot of help and guess what they did? They won!!!

    If it wasnt for vince toronto wouldnt even had a franchise lead alone playoff game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Who did he bring over? Our greatest free agent signing was Hakeem, and that was a huge gamble that did not work in our favor. He re-signed with the Raptors because we were just coming off an amazing year – many pundits had expected Toronto to take the leap in 2002 and make it to the ECF or the Finals; they were expected to be #1 the next season given Carter’s progress. The team did its part (we had a 13 game winning streak sans Carter in 2002 and made it to the playoffs), but Carter, as a player, did not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Huh? The Raptors existed for 3 years before Vince arrived, and they’ve existed for another 8 years since he left. One player does not make or break a franchise…and they have won playoff games since he left, including an Atlantic Division title.

  • burnt_chicken

    bahahahaha Wince the revisionist! Let it be clear: here is the John Thompson interview where Wince admits to not always giving his best. What kind of example does it set for future players and fans of a franchise to retire the jersey of a guy like that??????? NEVER.


  • Toner83

    I wonder if the Raptors will hang his jersey upside-down, just to be an ass.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    they should do so. VC is the raptor, the only face anyone honestly associates the raptors with.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    reasonable reasons from a raptor fan.

  • Anonymous Raptors Fan

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Not with the way he ended his tenure with the franchise. He stopped trying in games and milked injuries left and right, ask anyone who watched them back then. VC was a great player but not enough to retire a jersey on.

  • jordan

    half of the raptors on the team now say the same thing when they come to toronto “I grew up watching vince carter as an inspiration” DeMar said that, T-ross did and showed that vince was an inspiration in the dunk contest. also the raptors had a 13 game LOSING streak not winning.