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2000: Vince Carter revitalizes basketball's Toronto Raptors

In 1891 at a YMCA Training School in Springfield, Mass., a Canadian athletic instructor invented a simple game involving a ball tossed into a peach basket. It would take nearly a century for basketball to gain worldwide prominence and develop its own culture, fashion and vibe. Along the way, Canadians have played a huge role in popularizing the sport, on the street, in gyms and in the professional ranks.

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In his brief NBA career so far, Vince Carter's basketball skills have been called otherworldly. As heard in this 2000 TV report from CBC Evening News, Carter has just completed a month where he won the NBA slam dunk contest (at the All-Star game), scored 51 points in the Raptors first network televised game in the U.S., and hit a last-second game-winning shot in Boston. What's more, he has taken the Raptors from relative obscurity in the American market to front-page news. Guest host Bill Cosby even interviewed him as a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. So how do you market a talent this extraordinary? "The answer is you don't market him. You hand him the ball and let him do his thing, and the results will be there," says Tom Anselmi, the Senior VP of Raptors owners Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.
• As of the end of the 2008-09 campaign, Carter had played 11 season with Toronto and New Jersey. He averaged over 23 points, five rebounds and four assists per game during that period.

• Carter was selected fifth overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1998 NBA draft. His rights were traded to the Raptors for the fourth overall pick, Antawn Jamison, his college teammate at the University of North Carolina.

• In a much publicized deal, Carter was traded to the New Jersey Nets in December 2004. He was moved to the Orlando Magic in June 2009.

• Carter is the brother-in-law of Antawn Jamison and the cousin of NBA star Tracy McGrady, his former teammate with the Raptors.

• Carter was named NBA rookie of the year at the end of the 1998-99 NBA season. As of 2009 he had been selected to eight all-star teams and won a gold medal with the U.S. team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Evening News
Broadcast Date: March 3, 2000
Guest: Tom Anselmi
Reporter: Paul Riley
Duration: 1:58
Carter/Raptors footage: NBA

Last updated: February 28, 2014

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