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Is the NBA trying to get Vince Carter on a US team?

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by JuanValdez, May 3, 2000.

  1. JuanValdez

    JuanValdez Contributing Member

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    Tracy McGrady recently cited a rumor that has been making the basketball rounds: that the NBA central office is somehow conspiring to get Vince Carter to play for a major US market like NY, Chicago, or LA. Now McGrady is young, so I will give essentially no weight to his opinion in this matter. But, many people have been this (NBAtalk has a poll in which roughly 53% of respondents think the NBA is trying to push Carter out of Toronto). Who here believes it and what can be said in this theory's defense?

    Here are my arguments against it:

    (1) The NBA sought out Vancouver and Toronto for expansion franchises. I doubt they wanted to expand into Canada just to have the teams there fail -- in revenue, in popularity, or on the court. I'd think they'd love having Vince Carter in Toronto because it helps them shore up their foothold in Canada.

    (2) The NBA is powerless to move him anyway, so what would their conspiracy do? The Raptors' owner is obviously going to want to keep Carter and sees the profit in it. He can offer more than any other team and there is no doubt that Carter will be given the max when the time comes. The Raptors' franchise won't commit economic suicide just because Big Brother told them to.

    (3) I don't think the NBA Board of Governor's would stand for it. Stern and Co. are answerable to the 29 franchises for their jobs. If Stern did victimize one small-market team, won't all the other small-market teams have to consider, 'what if I had had Carter?'

    (4) Large market teams will probably have a good draw regardless of who plays for them -- as long as they are not complete losers (Clippers). Chicago has surprisingly good attendance for a team that was the second worst in the league. I think it would be best for the long-term success of the league if the smaller-market teams were able to cultivate a strong fan-base, centered around specific players if need be.

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  2. Mango

    Mango Contributing Member

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    JuanValdez,

    I see a friend from the Chicago area twice a year and he said the reason that ticket holders have stuck with the Bulls is the fear of being left out when the team starts winning again. Is that the reason or is it something else?

    Mango

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  3. JuanValdez

    JuanValdez Contributing Member

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    Mango, yeah that's a good part of it. They do get empty seats, but not often unpaid for seats. But, the other thing about Bulls fans is they think their team is going to be good again *soon*. You should hear them go on about Brand, Artest, Duncan, Hill, McGrady... how's that for a starting line-up. They are much like Rockets fans here in their optimism. That's why I think so many people still follow the team.

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