In 1995, two NBA franchises found homes in Canadian cities. One team went to Toronto and the other Vancouver. Both struggle in the beginning and only one franchise would survive the Canadian extension. There is one reason for that: Vince Carter.
Carter gave the Raptors their most successful period in franchise history. Before “Linsanity” and Blake Griffin’s Sports Center moments, it was Vinsanity that gave Sport Center their highlight reel moments.
The Raptors are the house that Carter built.
When Carter left Toronto, it enraged Toronto sports media and Canadian basketball fans. It was basically the Canadian version of the LeBron James “Decision.”
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