April 20, 2007
Pointers for Raps fansBring your baby gear to ACC to jeer the return of Vince-Sissy
By JOE WARMINGTON -- Sun Media
Break out the diapers because the big baby is back in town.
And bring out the baby bottles, soothers and baby food too.
Fans wanting to send a message about just how much you don't like what Vince "Vin-Sissy" Carter did to this town can do so at the Hangar tomorrow with any baby prop you want.
"We will definitely be on hand with pacifiers, bottles and diapers," laughs Raptors super fan Layla Elyassir, 26, one part of the 3-Pointer Girls, who have vowed to not let this game tomorrow go without making a statement.
"I mean he really was a baby when he was with us."
The other member of the 3-Pointer Girls, Jessica Dow, 23, says Carter will not miss them at the ACC tomorrow. "We want to send him a message," she said.
The message is it will be a long series, Vinny.
Every time he touches the ball, they hope, the fans will let him have it.
We already know this softie can't handle adversity and the rough going. He'll need his naptime.
If things don't go well for him on the court, you better bring some Kleenex down there too, since you'll probably hear all sorts of whining and crying from the Sucky Baby. Perhaps his mommy Michelle will be there if the booing gets too bothersome.
As if the NBA scheduling gods were intervening and have a sense of the dramatic the biggest cry baby in Toronto sports history arrives here today to get ready for tomorrow's opening playoff game between the New Jersey Nets and the Toronto Raptors -- the very team he quit on.
If ever there was a time to stick it to the guy who stuck it to us, it would be now.
If ever a guy deserved it. I've been covering celebrities in this town for the better part of two decades and I can say I have not seen a bigger turkey.
He's the most arrogant, selfish, miserable sports figure I have ever dealt with.
Paying for a couple of basketball nets in the poor sections of town and inviting kids to some basketball games does not excuse how disrespectful he was in the end to this city.
The worst part is, he did it to a city that rolled out the red carpet for him. He was a basketball hero and could have been a Toronto legend forever.
It didn't seem to matter to him. I mean, he could have owned this town -- and had life-long respect from it as other sports icons like Pinball Clemons, Johnny Bower, Darryl Sittler and Ernie Whitt enjoy.
But this guy quit on this town -- where he earned pretty close to $100 million US from the people who live and work here.
Where the hell do you start with this self-important prima-donna?
- How about all of the times he walked by fans and kids and wouldn't sign autographs (I saw it)?
- How about the time while injured, he attended a Nelly concert instead of accompanying his team on a road trip?
- How about the time he put his own graduation at the University of North Carolina ahead of the rest of his team and actually went down to attend it on the day of a deciding game only to play miserably in the evening and lose it? Who would do something like that? Unforgiveable!
- How about how he forced then-GM Rob Babcock to trade him for a bunch of stiffs who are not even here anymore while he still stars with the New Jersey Nets -- costing Babcock his job? The main guy in that trade, Alonzo Mourning, didn't even show up but later seemed to be able to help Miami win a championship after taking a $10-million buyout from us. Thanks Vince. Thanks a lot!
- How about how he was averaging a miserable 15.9 points a game at the end of his time as a Raptor and then miraculously got his average up to almost 27 points with the Nets? Shame!
- How about the interview on TNT he gave when he responded to a question if he didn't "push" himself here by saying, "in years past, no." He then said, "I was fortunate to have the talent ... you get spoiled when you're able to do a lot of things. You see that you don't have to work at it. Now, with all the injuries, I have to work harder. I'm a little hungrier. Getting a fresh start has made me want to attack the basket."
Well, the $94-million contract the Raptors gave would have been enough to want to do that for most guys. But not this momma's boy! How he can even show his face in this town is amazing.
What an embarrassment to professional athletes everywhere. Carter's overall demeanour and attitude was appalling -- on and off the court. Whether it be laughing and joking with his friends during a game or his blowing off people who were excited to meet him. I saw this all the time, by the way.
"I remember seeing him at his downtown nightclub called Inside and he didn't even acknowledge us. He was rude," said Layla, who by the way, is a sports expert and notes that Vince's 25-point average this year proves his almost 10-point average less in his final season here, was by design.
It's that, and not his dismissiveness of anybody who dares to question him, that upsets the serious Raptors fan the most.
It's not like he gave any of the millions back when he was playing at half-speed. The Raptors can teach him a good lesson, starting tomorrow afternoon about what it's like to play your heart out for your city. And Layla and her pal Jessica, who boast the Raptors have won every game they have attended, plan to really give it to Vin-Sissy all through this series to help the Dinos win this thing.
If you are wondering if people waving diapers, soothers and baby bottles is getting to him, just look for him to peer to the sidelines in the expensive floor seats looking for his mommy. Perhaps someone can give her one of those pacifiers just in case he does.