Antawn Jamison can't quite believe Toronto fans have been booing Vince Carter lately.
"I saw that and it is (shocking)," said Jamison, whose Washington Wizards played host to Carter's Raptors in Washington, D.C., last night. Jamison and Carter were teammates at the University of North Carolina, and now they are brothers-in-law.
"When you think of Toronto, you think of Vince, and when you think of Vince, you think of Toronto," Jamison said. "And they love Vince. I just think with the trade rumours coming out, the fans are kind of upset, because they've been there for Vince. He just has to realize, it's a business, and until something happens, or if something happens, you still have to go out there and do your job. He understands that.
"But (the booing) was kind of hard for me to swallow, because I've been to his charity games, I've been up there and hung out with him, and they love him. I don't think that has changed. It's just the circumstances."
Jamison was asked if there's any doubt in his mind that Carter still can play the game at a high level.
"Aw, is there any doubt in your mind?" Jamison said. "The guy is one of the top-10 talented guys in the league. He's just going through a tough mental time right now. But I know Vince and it's not going to last too long. He's going to find a way to get stronger mentally. He's going to be playing the way he's capable of playing really soon."
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With Carter going through a rough time, Jamison tries to offer support during their phone conversations, which he says take place every other day.
"When things weren't going well for me, he was the one guy who really helped me out, and I'm trying to do the same thing with him," Jamison said. "As we've become more mature, we rely a lot on each other. We keep in contact a lot now."
Carter appreciates the support.
"It's not like going to a motivational class, but it's just helping each other," Carter said. "We have our space, but the lines of communication are open. If you have something to say, go for it. If not, I'm sure there'll be another time."