Charles Oakley Says Vince Carter Made Canada Care About Basketball
In the 1998 NBA Draft, Vince Carter was initially drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the fifth overall pick. But he was traded to the Toronto Raptors for the fourth overall pick, Antawn Jamison, on draft night – the beginning of a new era in ‘The 6ix’.
Highlight-reel dunks, game winners, well actually wins in general, a fabulous one-two punch with his cousin Tracy McGrady and NBA playoffs. Vince Carter was the man in Toronto between 1998 and 2004.
Carter’s former teammate Charles Oakley now praised him for what he did for Canadian Basketball. Oakley, who played in Toronto between 1998 and 2001, says Carter was responsible for getting every kid in Canada to hoop, during an appearance on KG Certified.
“Vince Carter, he changed the whole then in Toronto and Canada, (made) the whole state care about ball. He made other kids want to play ball. I had a great time here.”