Vince Carter’s career continues to become increasingly similar to a soap opera, as a disturbing story has just surfaced that will forever vilify the New Jersey forward to Raptor fans. It appears that Tracy McGrady has given an early Christmas gift to cousin Vince Carter this year as T-Mac has handed over the reigns as the Air Canada Centre’s Public Enemy Number One to his former teammate.
A story published in a Seattle area paper has accused Carter of tipping off his Sonic opponents to his team’s fourth quarter play selection. Forward Reggie Evans and other Sonic players informed the Seattle News Tribune of Vince’s bizarre actions. VC allegedly came out of a timeout in the final minute of the November 19th game and said to the Sonics “It’s a flare, it’s a flare.” Raptor players and coach Sam Mitchell have downplayed the story with the hope that their former ‘leader’ wouldn’t be involved in such antics. Truth or not, it is just another example of how Vince has created a dark cloud over the Toronto franchise. If true however, it appears Vinsanity has lost just that, and is now just plain V-insane. To cleanse themselves of such a problem should only prove to help the struggling Raptors who now have nowhere to go but up.
And it appears the transformation is already taking place.
Vince opted against sitting on the sideline with his newly acquired teammates Sunday afternoon as they played to a heartfelt 110-99 loss versus his former club. A wise move by Carter, who would have certainly received extensive ridicule at the hands of the Raptor fans following the recent betrayal rumor.
The Raptor win was yet another enthusiastic display from the Vince-less team, who have now won two of their last three. Morris Peterson has put together an impressive string of games of late, leading the Raptors in both points and rebounds (20 pts, 6 reb) yesterday afternoon. Lamond Murray also got his stroke back adding eighteen points off the bench as the Dinos torched the Nets shooting .609 from behind the arc. Lets hope they can keep it up.