Video: Raptors crowd’s standing ovation to Vince Carter’s possible final exit at Air Canada Centre
Vince Carter has played for seven different teams in the NBA during his decorated 20-year pro career, but he’ll always be remembered mostly for being a Toronto Raptor. Carter played his first seven seasons in Toronto before he was shipped to the New Jersey Nets in a blockbuster trade in 2004, a move that instantly turned the high-flying swingman from a hero to a persona non grata for Raptors fans.
Any enmity between Carter and Toronto fans, however, seem to be all behind the two sides now, however.
That chapter is clearly closed after Raptors fans cheered and even gave Vince Carter a standing ovation at Air Canada Centre when he was subbed out late in the fourth quarter of Monday’s matchup between Carter’s Sacramento Kings and the Raptors, knowing that it’s possibly the last time that Carter would play in an NBA game in his old stomping ground.
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Vince Carter is about to turn 41 this coming January, and it’s uncertain whether he’ll play beyond this season. After spending the previous three seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, Carter signed a one-year deal worth $8 million with the Kings over the summer, mainly to serve as a locker room veteran presence.
Carter no longer has the electrifying hops that made him a superstar in Toronto, but he still gave his Raptors fans a reason to stand up from their seats Monday, as he led the Kings with three blocks to go with four points in 25 minutes of action.