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Vince Carter
Vince Carter
Position: F-G
Born: 01/26/77
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $4,088,019
“When the Grizzles didn’t make it in Vancouver, there was a feeling that maybe the Raptors would also being leaving,’’ said Tas Melas, a Toronto native and part of the quartet of Canadians who comprise “The Starters’’ on NBA TV. “But Vince Carter, more than any other player, brought such a level of excitement and popularity to the Raptors, he might well have prevented the Raptors from leaving Toronto. That’s how big he was for the city. He really did put the Raptors on the map. He made them relevant.’’
Toronto is hosting the 65th annual NBA All-Star Game this weekend, the first time it’s being held outside the United States. As impactful as Michael Jordan was on the game of basketball, he never did all of that. “It’s surreal,’’ Carter told Forbes the other day after a game in New York playing for the Grizzlies (how ‘bout that, Vancouver?). Now 39, he isn’t up in Toronto to bask in the glory this weekend. Family obligations have him in Florida. “Coming into the league at 21, I was just trying to establish myself. I was just trying to make my way and show the world what I could do,’’ he said. Then, reflecting on what he did for basketball in Canada, where a generation of kids had his poster on their bedroom walls, he said, with a smile, “It’s freakin’ awesome. It’s hard to believe.’’
A bizarre chain of events left a fan ejected from the Garden with an ice pack and Vince Carter scratching his head over a unique experience in his long career. In the fourth quarter of Memphis’ 91-85 victory over the Knicks Friday night, Carter’s momentum following a drive carried him along the baseline and toward the tunnel, where a fan was standing in front of his seat. Carter appeared to make contact with the fan, who grabbed his face and fell sprawled out into his seat while holding his eye.

Vince Carter not ready to retire

Bryant announced that he is retiring after this season. Carter, who in his 18th NBA season, plans to play next season and beyond. “For sure,” Carter said. “Did I say I was retiring? I’m very thankful for (the recognition on the road). Don’t get me wrong. But I plan on coming back. I just go year to year at this point. I don’t put a timetable on it. I don’t want to say two years and then everybody says ‘Well this is it, right?’ But 20 years would be cool.”