Bosh: Carter will respond

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

Vince Carter has 41 motivational reasons to pick up his game, according to Raptors teammate Chris Bosh.

The Sporting News recently released its subjective list of the top 50 players in the NBA, and Carter ranked a disappointing 41st.

"To rank him that low, it's kind of like a slap in the face," Bosh said yesterday. "But at the same time, that might be motivation for him to pick his game up and have the will to kill every night."

Can Carter ever get back to his high-flying days?

"I think he can get back to that, but he is a little older," Bosh said. "He really can't just jump over people and dunk over people, because it wears on your body. There's a lot of wear and tear, and he was doing it for about four years. But he still can be aggressive, take it to the hole and catch a few people if they're sleeping on him."

ROOKIE RECORD

The Raptors haven't made many changes in personnel from last season, although it's interesting to note that they're carrying three rookies (Matt Bonner, Rafael Araujo and Pape Sow, who is on the injured list) heading into a regular season for the first time in club history.


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