Dave D’Alessandro reported this yesterday, but I am just getting around posting about it. It seems that Vince Carter sees himself staying in New Jersey for at least another season. When he was asked if he did anything differently stepping off of the court of the IZod center (because it could be the last time he does so), Carter responded:
“Naaah, That’ll jinx you.”
Jinx is a funny word to use there, does that mean he wants to play on that court again?
“If you approach it that way, all of a sudden you say, ‘If I didn’t do that, it would have been different,’ As far as I know, I’ll be here next year, that’s why I’m trying to do what I have to do for this team — to keep us together and build something for next year.”
When asked about if he still believes he can reach a his goal of becoming a champion as a Net, Vince brought up the Celtics of last year.
“But you never know, I don’t think Boston felt that way three or four years ago. They asked Paul Pierce the same thing, and then they made the trades. So anything is possible.”
This is an interesting quote, does VC know about some trades the Nets are going to attempt to make? As Vince said, you never know. Back to his quote though, it’s all well and good for a player to want to stay here, but it’s Rod Thorn’s opinion that matters. What is that opinion?
“I think he has several really good years left, as long as he keeps himself in top condition. If he mentally wants to do it, he has several top-flight years left.”
In the end, all these quotes mean one thing. That Vince Carter will be back wearing a Nets uniform next year. I know everyone takes shot of his lack of toughness and his love of settling for jumpers (Myself included), but he is without question the leader of this team, and we would struggle to make up for the production we lose if we lose him. Another plus of keeping is that we know what direction we want to go to in the draft. Right now there is talk of drafting a 3 or a 4. Now that we know Vince is more than likely staying, we can draft a 4, develop a real nice frontcourt, and worry about getting a 3 of the future (even though I already believe he is here – CDR Baby! Woot!) in later drafts. Everything next year will just be easier if Vince is a Net.
Thorn, who said before the preseason started up that he expected his Nets to make the playoffs, is now changing his tune. Apparently a terrible preseason on the defensive end can do that to you. From the NY Post:
The goals are a tad less lofty now.
“Get better. Show we’re competitive. Show we’ve got a nice future,” Thorn said yesterday when he insisted he hasn’t lessened expectations, but maybe made them a bit more realistic.
Nice. Oh and in the same article, Fred Kerber got a nice quote from coach Frank about whether or not my man-crush Brook Lopez or Josh Boone would be starting tommorow.
Frank wants to see Boone practice today, but it sounded as if Boone may have an edge to start over Lopez because of experience.
“Josh, because he’s been here, is probably a little bit more comfortable communicating and talking in terms of calling the defensive commands,” Frank said.
Wonderful. Yeah that works, let’s start the guy with the lung issue over the guy who had a great preseason…”experience”…ha what a joke. Looks like someone is trying to save his job already and doesn’t want to see any rookie growing pains…