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Old 03-22-2002, 01:20 PM   #1
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Vince Carter has decided to have knee surgery next week and will be out for the rest of the regular season. Bad luck for an already bad Toronto.
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I think it's actually a good decision, not bad luck. It's kind of late to make an end-of-season comeback, so Vince can have his knee surgery, ease back into his routine and get a fresh start next season.
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Old 03-22-2002, 05:40 PM   #3
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It's a good decision if the Raptors have already thrown the towel in for this season... but definitely good for the long-term.

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Carter to have surgery, will miss rest of regular season

http://www.sportsline.com/u/ce/multi...615_54,00.html

TORONTO -- Vince Carter will have knee surgery next week, and the Toronto Raptors' star guard will miss the rest of the regular season.

He will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in Toronto, the team said Friday.

Carter has had problems with his knee since early February, and the injury has worsened the last month.

"For Vince to continue to play would risk a more serious or chronically debilitating injury, so we need to take care of this now," team physician Paul Marks said. "Unfortunately, the knee hasn't responded the way we hoped through the process of conventional daily therapy."
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Old 03-22-2002, 09:03 PM   #4
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Here's some more thoughts on this:
I think the Raptors are disappointed at their end of season but are enthusiastic for the start of the 2002-2003 season. Vince Carter is out but he will be getting better and should be at 100% for next season. Look for the Raptors to work on their second half skills next season and keep up a solid defense, especially against Western conference opponents. Also look for the ball to come to Vince Carter more and for Vince to play better than he is playing at this time. He will have at least two forty-point nights. The Raps should make some small moves in the off-season, hopefully some trades that will be useful for the team. Expect them to have at least 35 wins next season.
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I hope Wilkens keeps his job and, like air_canada said -- keep basically the same team for next season.

I don't know what the T.O. media is saying, but I forgive the Raptors for this bad bad season. They were expected to go all the way and now with Carter out, it's unlikely they'll even make the postseason.

However, I really think they can take the East next year. They'll have everyone healthy to start with and hopefully Carter is completely over his "jumper's knee" he developed in the middle of the 2000/2001 season. Plus, the rest of the team will be healthy -- how can you expect to win with 8 of your top 8 players injured!???

I forgive them this year... but next year I'm expecting a lot from the Raptors.. especially with me in the stands cheering them on in the nosebleed's for a few games
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I like NBA.com's main story intro -- "Falling Stars
Kobe Bryant better watch out tonight. Earlier today the Raptors announced that Vince Carter will have knee surgery, and this evening both Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson left the court with injuries. That's three of the brightest young stars in the league ailing just as the fight for postseason position gets interesting. McGrady hurt his back against the Hornets while Iverson suffered an injured hand in a 96-91 Sixers' victory at Boston."
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Yeah. I was going to report that to the boards, but you got there first
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I like NBA.com's main story intro -- "Falling Stars
Kobe Bryant better watch out tonight. Earlier today the Raptors announced that Vince Carter will have knee surgery, and this evening both Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson left the court with injuries. That's three of the brightest young stars in the league ailing just as the fight for postseason position gets interesting. McGrady hurt his back against the Hornets while Iverson suffered an injured hand in a 96-91 Sixers' victory at Boston."
Yeah, quite tragic. Iverson could be done for the season, which is only 4-6 weaks. It looked pretty bad when T-Mac had to be taken out on a stretcher due to back spasms, though. We don't realize how tough it is to play at that level night in and night out. It really takes a beating on your body.
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Old 03-23-2002, 01:29 PM   #9
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35 wins? Even I think the Raprtors will do better than that. They're a couple years away, so this year, I'd say they'll finish this season 37-45.
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I meant next season. And maybe they'll break 40 wins, but I'm not so optimistic.
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This team is talented and has a lot of the ingredients to be a contender... I would say 50+ is a distinct possibility when they are all healthy.
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Ya -- the Raptors are much better than average in terms of depth... but your depth players can't be starting game in and game out like they were when the main guys were injured this year.

BTW... how the heck does this thread have over 300 views but only 10 responses????????????
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They just had a bad season I guess. It happens.

And... I don't know.
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BTW... how the heck does this thread have over 300 views but only 10 responses????????????
It was split from the Raptors thread and it apparently kept the number of views that thread had.
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Oh, the ' The Raptors have totally collapsed' one?
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