Don’t Blame Vince, Blame MLSE
No one will argue that we needed to hire Dr. J to be our new G.M. but the fact that Vince found a motivated hall of famer who wished to associate himself with a franchise north of the border should speak very loudly as to Vince Carter’s commitment to Toronto, the Toronto Raptors and Raptors fans.
Hiring Babcock was ultimately what drove Carter out of town, though it was not a direct cause. It was definitely correlated a Babcock destroyed the Raptors franchise. Drafting Arajuo was the first nail. The second nail was signing Rafer Alston and keeping him around when it became readily apparent that chemistry issues and other off-the court issues between Vince and Rafer was the real reason Vince asked for a trade.
Everyone knows that the day before Vince was traded he went to Mitchell and Babcock and asked to stay on the team but that he wanted to play with Milt Pilacio and not Rafer Alston, who we have learned is a head case and obviously has a similar personality which clashed with Vince Carter’s. Vince asked to stay. Babcock traded him the next day.
The wisdom in hiring Babcock was severely lacking and every single, solitary Raptor fans knows that….Charlie V and Calderon be damned.
MLSE decided to go with an inexpensive name who had no support from the franchise player. Yes, Vince should have been involved in the decision making process from who to hire (I am not saying he can dictate, just give input) and who to draft (Arajuo).
If you want to be mad at anyone, be mad at MLSE. The same MLSE who has destroyed the Toronto Maple Leafs. Who already destroyed the Raptors. The same MLSE who knows no matter what product they put out there, fans will still fill the stands.
The same MLSE who hired Babcock and refused to fire Ferguson for all too long.
MLSE is making amends as Brian Burke and Bryan Colangelo’s presences in Toronto can attest to. But it is about time we start to place the blame at who is at fault…..and that is MLSE.
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