Toronto Raptors set to honour player their own fans hate

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The Toronto Raptors could be set to unsettle their owns fans on Wednesday night as they host the visiting Memphis Grizzlies and one Vince Carter, who they will honour for his contributions to the franchise much to the disgust of many supporters.

Carter is arguably the greatest player in the 20-year history of the Toronto Raptors, it's certainly a competition between 'Vincanity' and Chris Bosh for that title, however Toronto natives have never forgiven Carter for leaving the team.

His tenure in Toronto ended in ugly fashion, he demanded a trade, quit dunking and his effort slid. Now every time he makes a return to Toronto he is greeted with a chorus of boos.

At the peak of his powers, known as 'Half man, half amazing' Carter would wow national audiences with his show-stopping dunks and highlights.

He brought unprecedented playoff success, leading the Raptors to their only postseason-series victory and within a game of the conference finals, he changed the winning fortunes of the team but then unceremoniously packed his bags and fled.

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Do the Raptors really hate Carter?

Raptors fans certainly haven't forgiven Carter yet and who knows how long it will actually take.

The team is taking an interesting approach to the situation and may rub some of their own supporters up the wrong way with their following actions, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun explains:

"Like it or not Raptors fans (and many of you won’t), the Raptors will play a video on Wednesday night looking back at Vince Carter’s time in Toronto. Carter will be in town with the Memphis Grizzlies, making his only appearance in Canada this season. Throughout the year, the Raptors will be running videos on the scoreboard to commemorate the 20-year history of the franchise."

Toronto fans seem to have the same sort of distain for Carter in which Cleveland Cavalier fans felt about LeBron James whilst with the Miami Heat.

As the prospect of Carter rejoining the Raptors became a serious possibility in the off-season and fans quickly changed their tune to the shooting guard, how much can you really dislike a player if you are willing to open you arms to him returning to your franchise.

They are left in the awkward position with Carter still plying his trade in the NBA and being such a big part of the history of the franchise, they couldn't omit him from the 20th anniversary.

Raptors fans will have to decide for one night whether they can push aside their feelings towards Carter at the present time and remember the brilliant performances he brought to their franchise.

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