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Bill Harris -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:40 AM ET

Raptors guard Vince Carter is open-minded about participating in the NBA slam-dunk contest during all-star weekend in February, but he\'s not ready to commit to anything. \"I have no idea,\" Carter said yesterday.

\"I haven\'t decided.

\"I\'d love to play in the all-star game and be voted in again, but first and foremost I want to get this team as high as possible. Hey, I\'d love to have enough wins so (Raptors coach) Kevin O\'Neill could be the all-star coach. That\'s really my motivation right now.

\"As far as the dunk contest is concerned, I\'m just going to let it happen. I think the last couple of years, I wanted to do it and I was thinking about doing it, but I haven\'t been as healthy as I wanted to be for that.\"

Carter wowed the basketball world with his all-star dunking performance in 2000, but he has not participated since then.

\"It was just one night in my life,\" Carter said. \"Of course, it thrilled the fans and all that, but my health is the most important thing.\"

It was pointed out to Carter if he were to enter the dunking contest again, expectations would be so high it might be impossible for him to live up to them.

\"I realize that,\" Carter said. \"I think you\'re putting a little too much on it, but hey, that\'s just me. We\'ll see.\"

No easy drive for Bosh

Raptors rookie Chris Bosh started the first game of his career last night in Sacramento against the Kings.

Bosh replaced Jerome Williams in the starting lineup.

\"The coaches told me to be more offensively aggressive and I took that to heart,\" Bosh said. \"I think early in the season, I was being a little bit passive on some shots. But (O\'Neill) told me to look to drive, so I\'m starting to work on it.

\"(O\'Neill) said, \'You know, we\'re going to look to you to drive, but with that comes more responsibility.\' So I\'m looking forward to it. It\'s a challenge.

\"It really makes me feel good just to be out there. I don\'t even have to score, as long as I get rebounds and help out on defence. But you know, along with that I have to take advantage of it and make something out of the situation.\"


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