Vince Carter is back in Toronto and, while most of you are getting your vocal chords ready to give him a warm welcome, I’m going to save my breath because, frankly, the chronic underachiever just doesn’t deserve it. He never gave the Raptors 100% on the court, so why continue to show him that we care? He burned his bridges with us – NOT the other way around. Not to mention he seems to thrive on us “booing” him at games. Need more proof? here’s another example… and another …You get the point. Taking pride in burying the team that propelled him to superstar status seems to be the only thing he puts any effort into. Normally, a VC appearance in Toronto would get my usual reaction but this time around I’m being forced to pay attention because, for some ungodly reason, his name has come up in the potential future Hall of Fame contention. Like any other Raptor fan (or Bill Simmons), the thought of this makes me sick to the stomach, but I’m going to try to give him a fair and balanced assessment…
He won Rookie of the Year. He has scored more than 21,000 career points. He won the Slam Dunk competition/Olympics in the same year, cementing himself as the greatest dunker of our generation. Does that really make him HOF worthy? In my humble opinion, HELLS NO! Let’s consider the other facts: He has no MVP’s, never made it to the NBA Finals, never led the league in scoring, NEVER made an NBA 1st NBA-ALL team, and – above all else – gave up on EVERY team he’s ever played for. At least when he was traded to New Jersey, he played like he wanted to win for a few seasons. The organization and fans there actually believed he was reborn, blaming the Raptors for his past struggles. Now you know better, don’t you
New Jersey Brooklyn fans? Short stints in Phoenix and his hometown Orlando, and his current play in Dallas, haven’t shown Raptors fans anything we didn’t already know years ago: Vince Carter just doesn’t care about anything but himself.
Despite suffering from “Jumper’s knee,” which should have ended his career years ago, VC has still shown glimpses of his old high flying self. He is more recently known, however, as “the guy who body slammed a coach" thanks to Jalen Rose. When he retires, we’re going to be having this HOF debate again and again. And, I can assure you from now, that any time someone says "Vince Carter deserves a HOF ballot,” they’re going to get the same reaction from me every time.