Hall Of Shame
The Most Embarrassing Moments in Raptors History
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December 5, 2009 – Jarrett Jack Sets New Standard For Professionalism
During a game against the Chicago Bulls, Toronto point guard Jarrett Jack noticed that his shoelace was untied. Did he play on? Call time? Pass the ball? No.
He decided to tuck the ball under his arm and lean over to tie his shoe while the play continued around him.
I can’t decide what’s sadder; the fact that Jack would do this, or that nobody from the Bulls bothered to take the ball from him.
November 21, 2008 – Carter Returns to Toronto, Gets Booed, Laughs Last
A Raptors classic. Up by as many as 18 points, the Raptors let one slip away at home against Carter and the New Jersey Nets. First, Carter hits a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, then he puts in the game-winning dunk to win it.
Check out the smug look on his face after the dunk. You’re welcome, Vince.
January 22, 2006 – Kobe Bryant Scores 81 Points
In this game, the Raptors decided to concentrate on stopping all the other players, figuring, “he can’t beat us all by himself.” It was the defensive equivalent of seeing a kid playing with matches and saying, “oh, don’t worry, he’ll tire himself out.”
For the first half, it worked. At halftime, Bryant already had 27 points, but the Raptors were up 63-49. But in the second half, Kobe decided to do exactly what Toronto thought he couldn’t do: beat them all by himself. The achievement was an instant legend, and another impressive notch in Kobe Bryant’s hall-of-fame belt.
You’re welcome, Kobe.
January 8, 2006 – Vince Carter Slaps Peterson, Then Slaps Entire City
Before this game, Vince Carter must have sat down with some friends and brainstormed all the different ways he could make Raptor fans hate him more than they did already. Then, looking down at the long list of suggestions, he probably shrugged and said, “Oh, I can’t decide. I’ll just do them all.”
And so it was that midway through the game, Carter gave his former teammate Mo Peterson a “friendly slap”, which, judging by Peterson’s reaction, he didn’t think was so friendly. Peterson retaliated with a mild backhanded flick of the wrist to the back of Carter’s inflated head, and the referee, who didn’t see the Carter slap, kicked Peterson out of the game. Here it is:
Carter then used his slapping hand to sink a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left, winning the game for New Jersey, 105-104. Peterson was fined $3000. Carter fell asleep that night on a bed made of million dollar bills.
December 17, 2004 – Raptors Trade Vince Carter in Exchange for a Sock and Some Leftover Candy
Okay, it wasn’t a sock and some leftover candy, but it was close. Vince Carter had made it clear that he was no longer interested in playing in Toronto. His points had gone through the floor, along with the Raptors’ hopes of winning anything significant. So he got his wish, and was traded to New Jersey, giving him a new place to show off his spectacular dunks, clutch shooting, and unparalleled complaining. And what did Toronto get in return?
- Eric Williams: Played 62 games, averaged 4 points and 2 rebounds per game.
- Aaron Williams: Played 36 games, averaged 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
- Alonzo Mourning: Played zero games, never reported to the Raptors.
- Two 2005 draft picks: One ended up being Roko Ukic, who lasted only a season, and the other was Joey Graham, a decidedly mediocre forward eventually traded to Denver.
Carter’s career experienced a rebirth with the Nets. His scoring average that season climbed from 15.9 with the Raptors to 27.5 with the Nets.
You’re welcome, New Jersey.
June 24, 2004 – Raptors Pick Rafael Araujo 8th Overall
- In the early days, the Raptors made some nice picks in the draft; Damon Stoudamire in ’95, Marcus Camby in ’96, Tracy McGrady in ’97, and Antawn Jamison (who would turn into Vince Carter) in ’98. But in 2004, Toronto decided to do Brazil a favour and import some of its garbage for disposal at the Air Canada Centre.
- What the Raptors got: Two seasons, 111 games played, a blistering 2.8 points per game, and a sweet highlight of Araujo getting rejected by the rim on a dunk attempt.
Players who went later that same draft: Andre Iguodala (9th overall pick), Al Jefferson (15th), Josh Smith (17th), J.R. Smith (18th), Delonte West (24th), Sasha Vujacic (27th).
You’re welcome, Brazil.
May 2, 2002 – Raptors Players Pretty Good At Basketball, Not So Good At Math
Quick: what’s 85 minus 82?
If you said “three”, you are correct. If you said “four”, you are Chris Childs.
The 2001-02 season was a tough one. With Vince Carter either injured or pretending to be injured most of the season, it looked like the Raps wouldn’t even make the playoffs. Then they went on a huge run and won 12 of their last 14 games to clinch a playoff spot. But the season would end in embarrassment soon thereafter, in the fifth and deciding game of the Raptors’ first-round series against the Detroit Pistons.
The Raptors were down 85-82. Despite the fact that point guard Chris Childs had just turned the ball over by stepping out of bounds, there was still a chance. With only a few seconds left, Childs streaks down the court, and instead of passing to a wide open Dell Curry (who had hit a 3-pointer seconds earlier), Childs goes for the two-pointer, which, even if it had gone in, wouldn’t have helped.
After the game, a reporter asked him about his bizarre decision. His response: “I forgot the score.”
You’re welcome, Detroit.
November 18, 2002 – It’s Gettin’ Dishonest In Herre
In the fall of 2002, Vince Carter (aka Half-Man, Half-Healthy) was out of the Raptors’ lineup “resting his knee”. Sounds fair. So what was Toronto’s franchise player doing dancing on stage with at a Nelly concert in Toronto while his team was suffering a 25-point loss to the Hawks in Atlanta?
You’re welcome, Atlanta.
August 3, 2000 – Toronto Sends a Future Scoring Champion to Orlando
If Tracy McGrady was Luke Skywalker, Toronto would be Degobah. Having finished his Jedi training a bit early with the Raptors, McGrady was off to Orlando to blow up the Death Star and get all the glory. McGrady wanted to go. Convinced that Carter was the key to Toronto’s success, management decided that it would be okay to let him go.
He went on to win the NBA’s Most Improved Player award the following year, along with two scoring championships and multiple all-star selections.
Oh, and it was a “sign-and-trade” deal, which translates roughly into English as, “you get nothing in return and you like it.”
You’re welcome, Orlando.
March 13, 1998 – Raptors Give Up A Mind-Blowing 152 Points…to the LA Clippers
It would be one thing if the Raptors had given up 152 points to Michael Jordan’s Bulls, or Karl Malone’s Jazz. The Raps were still a pretty new club in 1998, so sure, they were still getting beat up by the better teams in the league. But what does it say about your team when they give up 152 points to the 1998 Los Angeles Clippers?
The Clippers are the universe’s way of balancing out the fact that the Lakers and Celtics have been so good for so long. They’re one of only five teams to put up a 70-loss season. They had a ten year stretch where their winning percentage was never above .400. They made the playoffs 7 times in their first 30 years.
But for one night, they were offensive gods. For one night, they were scoring machines, unstoppable basketball royalty.
You’re welcome, Los Angeles.