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    28 Comments     Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

    No Magic Left In Carter

    Rell has some choice words for the artist formerly known as “Half-Man, Half-Amazing.”


    Has there ever been a more disappointing player than Vince Carter?

    We’re not discussing draft busts like Michael Olowokandi or Darko Milicic, but guys who have shown the ability to be the best player in the game. But, for whatever reason, they fall off the top after only a couple of years and then spend the rest of their careers collecting bloated salaries and only marginally produce.

    Steve Francis and Tracy McGrady immediately come to mind. However, they are a little different because both had serious knee injuries that kept them out for a significant amount of time.

    I’m not a medical expert, but Vince’s jumper’s knee was never career threatening, like the microfracture surgery or the tendonitis that McGrady and Francis constantly experienced, respectively. Vince just fell off (regardless of what he did on Sunday against the Boston Celtics or what he does tonight in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals). And he’s never–since he played second fiddle to Antawn Jamison at the University of North Carolina–has really wanted to be the guy. He couldn’t handle it as a Toronto Raptor, couldn’t carry the New Jersey Nets and now will abandon and let down Dwight Howard in the Orlando Magic’s quest to make its second-straight NBA Finals appearance.

    That’s what Vince does, he falls off when you most need him…

    Explain to me how someone, who some might argue is the best athlete to ever play in a league that has the best athletes to ever compete, avoids contact and the free throw line as if his life depended on it?

    For perspective, Carmelo Anthony, in just seven seasons, has attempted nearly 4,100 FT’s. Vince on the other hand, in his 11th NBA season, has only 900 more. And yes, Vince missed a lot of time with injury, but don’t forget, Carmelo has played in 75 or less games in four seasons, including the last two.

    Ultimately, Vince just doesn’t go hard enough. He’s not a winner and that’s not going to change. Sorry Orlando fans. Good luck tonight…

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    28 Responses to “No Magic Left In Carter”

    05.19.10 at 2:31 pm

    ListenToLeon says:
    I missed last night’s game, but according to what I’ve read about what happened, Vince “fell off when they most needed him” LOL

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    11.12.10 at 11:11 pm

    bless says:
    Vince Carter lacks heart

    12.3.10 at 12:57 am

    jzilla4ever says:
    Man, for real tho! These whole last generations 2 generations of athletes in the NBA have been extremely soft. With the exclusion of Kobe, KG, Tim Duncan, Nash and Chauncey Billups there are absolutely no players that have that killer instinct anymore. Those 5 players I recognized don’t fraternize and play around with players from other teams as if the NBA is the “All Homeboy League!”. Nobody has that killer instinct like these dudes do. You have LeBron, Dwayne, Carmelo, Bosh, D. Howard, Joe Johnson and many other just making they way through the NBA just on talent. I’ve never played in the NBA and never will, so as not to say that I personally know what the killer instinct means on the court. But, growing up playing ball on the streets and knowing what competition means, I always wanted to personally beat the best, not team-up and be buddy-buddy with them. The Heat will not, and I mean will not, ever win a title with 3 guys making 80% of their payroll. There is a reason that there are assigned positions on a basketball team. PG-SG-SF-PF-C, you need people to play these positions, and play them well with teamwork. The last teams to win the title have had defined positions. You know who played the positions on the Lakers, Celtics, Spurs, Pistons and even the Heat’s title teams. Also, on all these teams they had one guy who was the assassin. Lakers-Kobe, Celtics-Pierce, Spurs-Duncan/Parker, Heat-Wade, and the Pistons-Billups. This new Twitter-Facebook generation, to me, shows the lack of fundementals of basic life lessons being missed across this nation. I’m a diehard Lakers fan, big Kobe fan (on the court only, would never take ole boy on a hoe-stroll or bar-hopping with me). What I admire about him is his determination to be the best and beat the best. He doesn’t kick it with the homies on the court from other teams. No Twitter, No Facebook, No MySpace. Just film sessions and last second shots. I know it took him awhile to get where he is but some of these cats have been in the L for 7-plus years now. I thought that Wade would be the next killer in the L, but he will never, and I mean never be that dude with 2 other top 5 guys on his squad. He ain’t Da Man on his own team anymore. Maybe that dude will be Chris Paul, Kevin Durant or Deron Williams. They have that spark in them. Dwight Howard is a MF MONSTER but plays around too much (I’m holding my verdict out on him cause this year, him working with Hakeem seems to be paying dividends, but….). Maybe I’m just nostalgic for the old days of Magic, Bird, Isaiah, Jordan, Barkley, Miller, Richmond, McHale, Dumars, Worthy, Dr. J, Mo Cheeks, Adrian Dantley, Andrew Toney, Jaamal Wilkes, Tom “immadunkonyoass” Chambers, and plenty of others legends who would beat the crap outta each other on the court and maybe, just maybe have a beer together in the offseason, just maybe. Nah! F that.

    04.18.11 at 2:26 am

    jdubbnw says:
    I remember when Vince Carter first arrived on the scene and was going hard in the paint; now his presence doesn’t demand that same respect it had before. In some cases, money spoils the hell out of good players w/the potential to sore like eagles.

    05.2.11 at 8:34 am

    mike1723 says:
    your right about that, guess the only highlight that will make me remember him is the slam dunk contest in the all star game. sucks

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