Butch Carter (coach, Toronto Raptors): We always thought that Vince was gonna be in it. The issue was if Tracy was gonna be in it.
Vince Carter (forward, Toronto Raptors): He wanted no part of it. He was like, “No, man. Nah. What’s the sense in me going against you?” I’m like, “It could be fun.” It took a lot of convincing. It was just every day, ‘cause we lived in the same building. I’d go up there, “What about today? No? A’ight, I’ll ask you tomorrow.” So it was just like all day, every day, I’m asking him. We played video games. It was like, “Yeah, yeah — oh by the way, you gonna be in the contest? No? Oh, OK. I’m just gonna ask you again and again.” It was kinda like back and forth, back and forth. I mean, he just did not wanna do it.
Tracy McGrady (guard/forward, Toronto Raptors): I just felt like I wasn’t a creative dunker like that. I was like, “Why would I want to get into it knowing that [Vince is] gonna win?” I see his dunks every day and how creative he is.
Vince Carter: Until the last minute, I think after [practice one day] we were fooling around — he was doing some stuff, throwing the ball off the wall, just all kinds of stuff — and he finally was like, “All right, I’m gonna do it.” It was tough. Even prior to [All-Star Saturday], maybe Thursday, he was like, “Man, I don’t think I wanna do it.” He was gonna back out!