I'm not sure exactly why i got to thinking about this today in particular, but i did.
There was a minor movement, of sorts, to forgive and perhaps even celebrate what Vince Carter did for this franchise about a month or so ago, and it certainly felt like it might have been something that the organization was behind. The columnists seemed to be beating that drum all at once, and the Vince retrospective on tv, etc, etc.
So we all talked about Vince - whether the organization was trying to lay the ground work for a trade or possibly even an off-season signing. I always thought it seemed unlikely that the organization would put much effort into that when it's not even directly within their control where Vince plays next year.
But is it more than that?
We've got a big new ownership group that has not been shy in the least about it's goals to be champions, to be big players and make Toronto a destination city for athletes. They blew enormous amounts of money on transfer fees to bring top players to TFC. Going after two of the big fish in basketball in James and Durant certainly fits Leiweke's style, and there are questions about both as to whether they will be looking to move on in the next couple of years.
Now we all know that Toronto has to overcome considerable obstacles to lure big name players, much less perhaps the 2 best players in the game. There is the perception that if you play here you will be overlooked.
If you are GM of the Raptors, the best sales pitch you can make IMO would be to point to Vince Carter as an example of how huge you can be in this market. In fact, you would want to point out to James or Durant that instead of sharing the adulation of the American market with dozens or even hundreds of other basketball players - here, well here in Canada you can have an entire country eating out of your hands.
Which leads me back to Vince. Unless you have re-embraced that part of your past and mended the relationship you can't use what is possibly your best sales pitch; in fact you are probably better of not even mentioning Vince in that case. It's also worth mentioning that Durant grew up a Raptor fan because of Vince - all the more reason to mend that relationship so you prey on Durants fondness for the old purple dino.
So what do you think? Was it even about Vince at all? or something much bigger?