Off-Topic: The Return of Vince Carter in Toronto?


The breakup between Vince Carter and the Toronto Raptors is one of the messiest in Toronto sports history. A man that was once the king of Canadian sports turned his back on all of us. He whined. He demanded to be traded. He even gave up on the court and cost us wins for his own selfish reasons. Since he was traded in 2004, the city of Toronto has targeted him as public enemy #1. To this day, he’s still booed mercilessly every time he’s in town.

Recently, Vince Carter stated in an interview with a Toronto radio station that he’d be open to coming back to the city where it all started. Is the city of Toronto ready to take him back? Would I be ready to?

As a diehard Raptors fan, I felt gutted when Vince got traded. Sure, he didn’t want to be here and the writing was on the wall for him. Still, he was the best thing to ever happen to my beloved franchise and there was nothing I could do as a fan to stop him. Though we’ve had some success since, the Raptors have mostly sucked. When he was at his prime, we could have been a championship contender.

Almost a decade removed from that period in time, and both parties have had a chance to cool off. Vince Carter, in the twilight of his career, is starting to think about his legacy, and how nice it’d be for him to wrap things up where it all started. The Raptors are still a below average team. Could they make amends at some point? Maybe they could, but I don’t think I could. The wounds are still present, and I don’t think I’ll ever forgive him.

Any other Raptor fans feel the same way?


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