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Raptors' Ross: It's time to forgive Vince Carter

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Well, this should stir up some debate.

As part of the Toronto Raptors' 20th anniversary season, the team will be honoring former players as well as wearing the franchise's original purple jerseys on various Fridays throughout the season.

The team has already honored Alvin Williams and Antonio Davis this year. But those two former Raptors, along with other players the team will celebrate, have retired.

How fans will react if and when active ex-Raptors like Vince Carter and Chris Bosh are honored when they come through town is another question altogether.

Bosh and Carter are especially contentious, as the Raptors fanbase remains deeply divided over the two most successful Raptors in franchise history.

With Carter set to visit Toronto with the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, current Raptor Terrence Ross let his feelings be known on Instagram.


Ross wore a throwback Raptors jersey with Carter's name and No. 15 on the back during his winning 2013 dunk contest performance.

Carter has been booed every time he touches the ball in Toronto since being traded to the Nets in 2004. He made five All-Star Games and two All-NBA teams during his six-and-a-half year run in Toronto, amassing 9,420 points during that time. He also took home Rookie of the Year honors in 1999.

Bosh, the franchise's all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks and minutes played, returns to the Air Canada Centre with the Miami Heat on March 13.

Raptors' Ross: It's time to forgive Vince Carter
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