Just call them the Raptors' Fab Four.
At least for the time being.
The NBA announced yesterday that Chris Bosh, Vince Carter, Donyell Marshall and Jalen Rose will represent the Toronto Raptors on the ballots for the 54th All-star game, which is scheduled for Feb. 20, 2005 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Whether Carter is still a Raptor by that time remains up in the air, especially with rumblings of a potential trade with Portland coming to the forefront yesterday.
No matter where Carter is playing in three months, he certainly finds himself in elite company when it comes to all-star balloting.
Carter received the most votes (2,127,183), in the NBA All-Star balloting program that determined starters for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. Carter and NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving both have led the league in voting four times, trailing only Michael Jordan (nine).
Carter's total votes for 2004 were the second highest in all-star voting history. He has been the leading vote-getter in the all-star game for four of the past five seasons.
Bosh played in the Rookie Challenge during the 2004 all-star weekend and scored eight points in the game. He was named to the 2004 NBA All-Rookie First Team after averaging 11.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 75 games.
Voting can be done by logging on to nba.com or by visiting one of the 2,100 Foot Locker and Champs Sports stores in the United States and Canada. Voting begins today.
OH DANNY BOY!
If you expect rugged Danny Fortson to shy away from his normally rough-and-tumble tactics tonight against the Raptors, guess again.
Yes, Fortson did receive a one-game suspension for elbowing Bosh during Seattle's 88-87 victory over Toronto out on the left coast seven days ago.
But that punishment is not about to make Fortson change a style that has been so effective.
"If Danny Fortson tones it down, then Danny Fortson is a non-factor," he told Seattle reporters. "I might as well pack up and go home to Florida."