This week’s “Story Time with Jalen Rose” animated short story on Grantland is must-watch material for Raptors fans, as Rose tells the story of the night Vince Carter slammed Sam Mitchell…literally.

As Jalen tells it, Sam Mitchell made a wisecrack about Vince always being on the trainer’s table, Vince and Sam exchange nudges, and eventually, VC delivers his variation of Brock Lesnar’s F-5 or John Cena’s F-U.

Did Mitchell detonate a ticking time bomb by bringing up Carter’s various injury problems and haphazardly questioning his toughness? Probably, but the legendary tale that it wrought was well worth it in my books, and at the time, most frustrated Raptors fans would have probably sided with Smitch.

If only we had known these details before we caught up with Vince earlier this year.

Comments (11)

  1. you know what, I have a little more respect for that douche.

  2. If he could body slam Mitchell then he wasn’t injured…

  3. Wow – I had it backwards – I thought Mitch slamed Wince

    • Maybe it was Rafer Alston that he slammed? Another story Jalen Rose will have to tell us, I guess

  4. That is awesome.

  5. what’s with the bat?

  6. Finally, the truth is revealed.

  7. I always thought the story was the other way around and it was Smitch that did the slamming. I know there is avariety of opinions on Mitchel, but I was never a fan.After hearing that the whole team was laughing at him it was pretty clear he was inover his head as a rookie coach. I don’t know if anyone could ever win the room back after that, and so much for all that ‘tough guy’ talk we heard about him, getting slammed by Wince pretty much kills that. Casey is a tough coach, but I don’t think he’ll ever be stupid enough to lay a hand on a player. Maybe Babcock should have listened to Antonio Davis when he was pushing for Casey all those years ago.

    I am all for keeping things behind closed doors, butI am so glad Jalen has let the cat out of the bag! If only he knew what went on last year with James Johnson…

    • Casey strikes me as the kind of coach who is tough, but fair and is well respected by his players. Even though he yells to the point of losing his voice and needing a Halls after every game, I imagine that he knows when to yell and when to put his arm around a player.

      Whereas I always saw Mitchell as the type of coach who only knew how to be one way, and he eventually lost his players’ ears.

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