"With Tracy, the skills are there," says Oakley, who has vowed to "get on Tracy's butt" when McGrady's intensity lapses. "But he has to give the effort night in, night out."
Carter, of course, has no trouble summoning up a sense of urgency, especially now, on the chilly autumn afternoon of die day before the Raptors are to open training camp. McGrady has been practicing all summer and is ready to challenge Carter to a game of Madden NFL 2000 on his Sony PlayStation. "This time I'm taking you to school," says the younger of the dissing cousins. "I'm shutting you down."
Come again? Take a player wise beyond his years to school? Shut down the reigning Rookie of the Year? Were this not the world of video games, it would require a leap that even Vince Carter would be hard-pressed to make.