Laurie says he tried to convince Vince Carter to go back to the Birds of Prey

imagine this, wild birds fans: Vince Carter He returns to play for Toronto in the final years of his career.

Kyle LowryHe claims, another great Raptors, to have tried to do so.

“I don’t know if anyone knows this,” Laurie said. “VC Show with Vince Carter” Podcast, “But I tried to bring Vince back with us (the Raptors) at some point. I wanted Vince. I was trying.”

Carter mocked Lowry’s comment, before confirming one of the biggest “what ifs” in franchise history.

“We’ve had conversations,” Carter said with a laugh.

Whether it made sense for an older player to fill a role during the Raptors Tournament – although Lowry didn’t specify when he was trying to lure Carter back to Toronto – seeing Carter again in a Raptors jersey would surely make many fans a blurry eye.

Carter was reportedly on the Raptors’ radar in 2018 and 2019 as a potential takeover target or trade deadline, in his forties, but it never came to fruition. Despite all the drama about Carter’s unofficial exit from the Raptors in late 2004, Laurie said Vincente was interested.

Lowry continued, “I was like one of the biggest advocates for trying to bring him back to Toronto, and Vince was everything I could. So you guys who didn’t think Vince wasn’t all back in Toronto? That’s fake.”

“Business is business,” Laurie said at the end, and that move never happened. Carter went on to retire with the Atlanta Hawks.

Lowry, who left for the Miami Heat after the 2020-21 season in signing and trading after nine years with the Raptors, Back to Toronto this week To participate in the Nick Nurse Charity Golf Championship. He has also said on the podcast that there is no doubt he will be retiring from the role of Raptor, something he has mentioned in the past.

Carter, who played for the Raptors from 1998 to 2004, was Rookie of the Year in 1999 and helped lead Toronto to its first playoff game in 2000. He retired in 2020 after 22 seasons in the NBA.

On the podcast, both Laurie and Carter too He dismissed recent allegations by NBA analyst Chris Broussard Toronto is not a desirable destination for black athletes to play.

Carter said such assumptions are “mind-boggling” for him because he knows players who have come to Toronto and had success here, many of whom have re-signed long-term and others are marrying and starting families here.

“I absolutely love Toronto,” Lowry stated, noting that he lived in North York with his family and appreciated the multicultural aspects of the city.

“Caribbean culture in Canada alone is ridiculous,” he said. “It’s kind of a melting pot of Canada. You can find any race, any nationality, mixed with any nationality in Canada. It’s incredible.”

They both agreed that it’s a bit difficult to get through customs while crossing the border, but players are used to it and it has nothing to do with being black in Canada.

“For those who are listening now, if you have never had the opportunity to attend Caribana, make it a priority, to attend Caribana once,” Carter said, referring to the famous Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

The former Raptors also spoke about Rookie of the Year Scotty Barnes and his promising career. During the playoffs, Carter Shooting a special video To give Barnes the good news – he’s joined forces with him and Damon Stoddamer as the sole winner of the rookie award in the franchise. Carter described Barnes as a “brilliant young star”.

Lowry said he’s been watching Barnes play since he was a freshman in high school, and is particularly impressed by his passion for the game and his passing skills.

“To be able to be that guy who is going to shine, have great vets at Fred (Vanfleet) and Pascal (Siacam), have great management at Masai Ujiri, have great support and have a great fan base, you’ll be a kid,” Laurie said.

“What he did this year, and being able to present that trophy to him, it’s like: keep going. The franchise keeps growing, the city keeps growing, the country, it keeps getting better.”

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