NBA fans must appreciate players who request a trade and spend plenty of time nursing injuries. Raptors star Vince Carter, once again, leads all Eastern Conference forwards in voting (619,959) for the NBA all-star game, Feb. 20 in Denver.
But it doesn't look like Carter will lead the league in all-star balloting, like he has done four of the past five seasons. Houston Rockets centre Yao Ming (881,223) and Miami Heat centre Shaquille O'Neal (854,930) are well ahead of Carter.
Carter (strained left Achilles tendon) must remain on the injured list for at least two more games.
NOT SO HAPPY
While Jalen Rose has not asked for a trade, the Raptors guard clearly isn't delighted with his situation.
Rose, who has been involved in trade rumours, scored four points in just 22 minutes Wednesday in a 96-90 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
When asked whether he would go to Raptors management to express concerns about his situation, Rose said, "I don't know if those are questions I'm going to ask. We'll just have to wait and see how it plays out, but it's definitely not my call."
Ex-Raptors coach Kevin O'Neill and forward Michael Curry, both of whom are now with the Indiana Pacers, will see Toronto tonight for the first time since they left town during the off-season.
O'Neill, an assistant in Indiana, and Curry, who signed with the Pacers this week, didn't exactly create warm and fuzzy memories for Raptors fans. However, the Raptors were 13-11 at this point last year, compared to 8-16 this year.
"Any time you have a former coach on the other sideline, it definitely does help lift you up," Raptors swingman Morris Peterson said.
"Some of the things (O'Neill) did I liked and a lot of things I didn't like. But I think as players, you have to be able to adjust to anything."