Vince's wild ride

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

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A look at the highs and lows of Vince Carter during his tenure with the Raptors: FEB. 12, 2000

A MASTERPIECE: Carter wows his peers en route to winning the all-star slam dunk contest. "He was probably more spectacular with two of those dunks than anyone who has ever dunked a basketball," says Julius Erving.

MARCH 23, 2000

"KOBE IS THE BETTER PLAYER": Michael Jordan stirs things up by claiming Carter is not the heir apparent to his throne. "Right now, Kobe (Bryant) is the better player," Jordan tells a Chicago newspaper. Carter's response? "So what?"

SEPT. 26, 2000

HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD: With 16 minutes remaining in the U.S. team's 106-94 victory over France at the Sydney Olympics, Carter steals a pass, then goes airborne from about 12 feet out and tomahawks a one-handed dunk over 7-foot-2 Frederick Weis. "For me, that was probably the greatest play in basketball I've ever seen," Carter teammate Jason Kidd said.

MAY 11, 2001

AIR CANADA SOARS: In arguably his finest moment in a Raptors uniform, Carter pours in a team-record 50 points before a frenzied sold-out Air Canada Centre during a Game 3 victory over the 76ers in their Eastern semi-final series.

MAY 20, 2001

BACK TO SCHOOL: Carter's shot at the buzzer clanks off the rim, sending the Raptors packing after a heartbreaking 88-87 loss to the 76ers in Game 7 of their Eastern conference semi-final. Earlier in the day, Carter attends his graduation from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, causing some critics to question his priorities.

AUG. 3, 2001

CASHING IN: Carter, in town for some charity work, takes time out to cash in himself. He inks a six-year, $94-million US contract extension.

FEB. 9, 2003

AIR CANADA VS. AIR JORDAN: Carter is ripped throughout North America for refusing to give up his starting spot in the all-star game to Michael Jordan. Carter is the leading vote getter, but Jordan is the sentimental pick of many to start because this will be his final all-star appearance. Finally Carter surprises everyone by surrendering his spot minutes before the game. "He was very respectful," Jordan said of Carter.

JULY 2004

DOES HE OR DOESN'T HE? During a visit to Toronto, Carter denies he asked general manager Rob Babcock for a trade, adding everything was fine between himself and the franchise. A week later, agent Mark Steinberg tells the New York Daily News that the five-time all-star wanted to be dealt from the Raptors, a team that has missed the playoffs the past two seasons. On Sept. 14, Carter publicly acknowledges he wants out of Toronto.

SEPT. 14, 2004

VINCE WANTS OUT: Carter publicly acknowledges he wants out of Toronto, igniting waves of criticism aimed his way from bitter Raptor fans. For his part, Vince claims he is tired of losing. "I am at the point in my career where I do not have time to wait two to four years for a team to mature," Carter writes on his web site.

RECORD SETTER

Raptors' team records held by Vince Carter:

- Most points, game -- 51 vs. Phoenix, Feb. 27/2000

- Most points, season -- 2,107 (1999-2000)

- Highest scoring average, season -- 27.6 (2000-01)

- Most 40-plus point games, career -- 13

- Also holds team records for career starts, career points, career scoring average, career field goals, career three-pointers and career free throws in a Raptors uniform.


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