Forgiving Vince Carter

Tonight, I surprised myself. I was at the Raptors game with the family and when Vince Carter entered the game, I found myself cheering. It was completely spontaneous. I was sincerely happy to see him again.

Less than two years ago I wrote this about Vince Carter. He quit on us, forcing Rob Babcock to make a terrible trade, and I was still pissed. There was no way I was going to forgive Vince for how he left this team.

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But there I was, with my 22-month old on my lap, flanked by my 14-year old and 11-year old, applauding Vince, and all that bitterness dissipated. I remembered the good times, and there were many. I remembered how he put this franchise on the map, the consistent flashes of brilliance and the complete and total Vinsanity that engulfed this city.

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It helps that I recently blew my kids' minds with YouTube videos of his best plays, and that he'll likely retire without a championship. It also helps that this team he abandoned is so damn good now, and to be honest, it helps that I'm older now, with new perspective on sport and life.

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I've forgiven Vince, and it feels good.


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Brian Gerstein

I have made peace with Vince many, many years ago. There were way more good, no, great memories of him here which easily trump the circumstances of his departure, which from everything I read from trusted sources had dysfunctional management at least equally to blame. Jack Armstrong said just that during last nights game.

My friends are totally against him ever having his #15 retired or honoured, and he certainly is a polarizing figure, but over time Mike, you like the crowd has come around to not let your emotions when he left get the best of you, but look at his entire body of work while here.

The reality is had Babcock not been our GM and the Masai of Denver and Toronto been our GM, this never would have happened, plus like Masai made a brilliant move with Carmelo when everybody knew he was on the way out, and he would have done the same with Vince.

February 22, 2016 @ 8:30 AM

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@Brian Gerstein

I warned my kids there would be a mix of boos with the cheers, but we didn't hear a single boo. It was one big cheer for #15.

Time heals all wounds...

February 22, 2016 @ 8:32 AM

elvis

There were boos.

And you've changed. This is really disappointing.

February 22, 2016 @ 9:11 AM

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@elvis

We didn't hear a single boo.

It's time to forgive Vince. Try it. You'll feel better.

February 22, 2016 @ 9:14 AM

elvis

The news today reported there were boos. No way there wasn't a single boo.

When he retires, then I'll consider it. Retiring without a title will accelerate that process.

February 22, 2016 @ 9:28 AM

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@elvis

a. I was there.

b. Metro Morning on CBC Radio One reported this was his first visit where it was all applause.

February 22, 2016 @ 9:33 AM

elvis

This is so dumb. You're telling me you could hear what everyone in the stadium was yelling? You're being ridiculous.

I'm not questioning if there was applause. He's received applause before.

Metro Morning is incorrect: https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh-game/vince-carter-receives-standing-ovation-in-return-to-toronto-012251354.html

February 22, 2016 @ 10:20 AM

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@elvis

Why are you linking to an article from 2014?

February 22, 2016 @ 10:34 AM

fourteen

Elvis, you simpleton. Obviously there was not one single boo. Mike was there. He did not hear one single boo amongst all ~20,000 people. Geez Elvis, get on the podcast and debate this!

February 22, 2016 @ 10:42 AM

fourteen

Not one boo!!

February 22, 2016 @ 10:45 AM

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I said we couldn't hear a single boo. And this morning, while listening to the news on 99.1, the sportscaster said for the first time it was all cheers.

February 22, 2016 @ 10:45 AM

Matt

My buddy went last night and booed Vince big time. So there was at least one person.

February 22, 2016 @ 4:36 PM

fourteen

Nope. Not one.

February 22, 2016 @ 11:19 PM

stephen

Mike may not have heard boos but sounds like he saw a shitload of booze

February 22, 2016 @ 11:35 PM

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I did not hear a single boo, nor did I have an ounce of booze.

February 23, 2016 @ 8:40 AM

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