He said he would appreciate the rest if he didn't make the team. He said he would like to spend time with his new daughter. So, joking or not, he is the reluctant all-Star. Yet Vince Carter symbolizes more than any active player the NBA All-Star: star, showman, the kind of player who makes you stand in your seat every time he touches the ball. And so tonight, Carter plays in his sixth all-Star, and his second as a Net. Meanwhile, in Toronto, the smell of sour grapes abides.