Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan obviously discussing their eventual Toronto partnership in 2016

It’s actually not the first time Kevin Durant has talked about his childhood love for the Raptors, but Durant admitted on a pretty big public scale today (the Dan Patrick Show) that he “wanted to play for the Toronto Raptors” as a kid for a couple of reasons, namely their unique jerseys and Vince Carter’s Vinsanity.

Durant has talked about his love for Carter and VC’s early 2000′s Raptors teams in the past and has always spoken fondly about Toronto, but this public proclamation despite the obvious disbelief and laughter of people like Patrick (Dan’s “Why?!” at 4:20 is pretty hilarious) should remind Raptors fans that this franchise’s irrelevance for the better part of the last decade has a hell of a lot more to do with a lack of star power and overall team success than it does to do with players and fans ignoring us because we’re based in Canada.

As I’ve said before, if the Raptors can eventually build a winner or find their way to another superstar some time in the future via the draft or trade, then Toronto will become the free agent destination that it should be in the NBA and will once again attract eyeballs South of the border, the way they did when Vince Carter’s Raptors were arguably the league’s most must-watch team.

And for those of you who point to Chris Bosh’s Raptors teams as evidence that a star and success won’t do anything for Toronto’s reputation league wide, I’ll simply remind you that while Bosh was a fantastic talent in Toronto and a legitimate perennial All Star (his best seasons were comparable to Vince’s), he was never an exciting, attention grabbing superstar like Carter was, not to mention that the Raptors won just three total playoff games under Bosh’s watch.

But anyway, Durant is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2016…let the salary cap clearing begin!

Comments (39)

  1. When my contract expires i hope the raptors have cap space so i can go to my favourite team toronto raptors

  2. I was listening to an interview that Eric Smith did with Swirsky over the last couple of days and they indirectly touched on this, not specifically Durant’s love of VC/The Raptors but the impact that Carter had on the development of talent in the country.

    It seems like all the players who are coming up ie Wiggins, Bennett and who have came up, Thompson, Joseph, etc. all mention being influenced by Carter when they were growing up. He made the Raptors cool albeit for a brief 2-3 year period and I hope he gets recognized for that in due time.

    • I don’t understand the hate for VC; he gave the Raps something they haven’t had in years; that’s star power. I’m mean sure Bosh went to the All-star game but no Raptor has been as exciting to see as VC was.

      • You don’t understand the hate for VC? for real? Take a look at his stats the season he left…. then take a look at his stats the same season with the Nets. He went career lows (by a mile) to career highs when he left town. He re-upped here and then gave up as soon as anything got tough. For every player he helped with ‘development’ (don’t see how that works really.. he ‘inspired’ kids? I’m sure they’d have found inspiration elsewhere without him), he shit on the hearts of 1000 other fans who cheered for him and supported him and defended him.

        It’s not hate for the person. It’s hate for what he did. He’s never publicly apologized to the fans. He deserves every boo.

        • You don’t think he was unhappy in Toronto? Besides being in Canada; which as far away from friends and family he could get. He was highly criticised for attending his graduation, which probaby pissed him off. Never piss off your franchise player like that. Also he knew that MLSE wasn’t serious about building a contender so he dipped. If anything the blame should be put on MLSE and the raptors president at the time Richard Peddie.


  3. So basically the argument being made in this article is that:

    1. Stars are attracted to teams with star talent.
    2. Toronto currently lacks star talent.
    3. If Toronto could get some star talent then maybe they’d be attractive to star talent.


    • The argument being made is that the location of the team is not hurting this franchise’s reputation, as some actually believe. Poor management and a subsequent long era of poor results is what is hurting the Raps rep. If they build a team the right way, as they are in the middle of trying to do with some intriguing young pieces, then they can get back to relevance without having a true Tier 1 superstar.

  4. DAMMMMIITTT we could’ve had KD

  5. Hmmm, looks like it’s time to utilize that trade override in 2k!

  6. It’s funny because I’ve always wanted to be KD.

  7. Maybe the raptors should change their name.. Raptors are OLD lets get some new fresh ideas… Plicans? or the goose? or the moose head? LOLOLOL … Seriously we should change the name to the Toronto Rough Riders

  8. It is a little depressing to be reminded of:

    1) How much more fun it was to be a fan of this team at that time
    2) How short that honeymoon was
    3) How long it’s already been since then

    • We will get there sports franchises go through this…. hey the blue jays just got back keep your head up

  9. I wont let this happen!


  10. Was mlse even around when carter was ? I think rob babcock fucked us worse then carter did with the trade . Fuckin both williams and first round pick and drafted joey grahm lol could have much more

  11. Richard Peddie should be in prison. He’s a crook.

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