Vince keeps quiet on firing

Frank Zicarelli -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- Vince Carter didn't want to talk about it. Hours after the Raptors announced that general manager Glen Grunwald had been relieved of his duties, Carter refused comment on the day's development.

When approached at the team's Indianapolis hotel, the Raptors' franchise player said he would address Grunwald's firing at today's shootaround.

The Raptors are in town to play the Indiana Pacers tonight.

However, Jalen Rose last night was not shy about expressing his gratitude toward Grunwald, who brought the veteran guard to Toronto from Chicago earlier this season in a huge three-for-three trade.

'RESPECTED AND LIKED'

"(Grunwald) was well respected and liked in the community of the NBA and in Toronto," Rose said.

"I never got a chance to know him, but I do have a lot of respect for him and I appreciate the fact he brought me to Toronto."

It was Grunwald who gave Carter his mega $90-million US deal during the summer of 2001, a period when Grunwald seemed to go out of his way in doing whatever was necessary to appease Carter. And it was Carter who encouraged Grunwald to pursue Hakeem Olajuwon.

Grunwald has been loyal -- some would argue too loyal -- to Carter. By firing Grunwald, the Raptors basically admitted his blueprint has failed and that change is necessary.

At the heart of Grunwald's plan was Carter, who some believe should be traded this off-season.

Whatever his thoughts may be, Carter said he'll be more than willing to share his opinions today.


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