HoopsHype Vince Carter rumors

January 22, 2014 Updates

“It was just a thing that happened,” Carter said of his breakup with the Raptors on Wednesday. “Some people feel like it was my fault. Some people feel like it was the organization. I hate that it happened for numerous … reasons. The franchise was on the rise there. At the same time they were trying to go in a different direction, I think. … As we’ve moved forward, a lot of things have come out and we kind of see what’s going on. It was just an ugly situation that happened that you can’t change now. As you move forward, you try to change it and try to make it right. … I don’t really like to quote the Bible and stuff because some people don’t believe in it — you’re taught to forgive and move on. It’s been a long time. Everybody’s grown up. Everybody’s moving forward. The organization has changed here. I’ve gotten older and moved on. It’s just like, hey, let’s remember what was important at the time: winning basketball and really striking the mood here and understanding that this a fun place to be, a fun place to play. A lot of people didn’t know it. Once the boom happened, meaning that wonderful night in February [the 2000 slam dunk contest], the recognition began. I think everywhere, it runs its course; time runs its course.” National Post

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Vince Carter and Dwight Howard have a relationship outside of the NBA. Both players are Orlando residents, were team-mates on the Magic and even compete in pick-up games together in the summer. That said, Carter believes Howard is the biggest 'cry-baby' he's seen in basketball. He was as blunt as possible in describing Howard's complaining to ESPNDallas.com. “All the time,” Carter said of Howard’s complaining to referees. Sportal

“He always talks about how I’m a cry-baby. I was like, ‘Yo, you’re the biggest cry-baby I know.’ And then later, he’s like, ‘Yo, why’d you say that to me?’ But I know Dwight. It’s all good, but he is [a cry-baby]. “I mean, he takes a lot of punishment, but I’m like, ‘Yo, c’mon Dwight, c’mon. You elbowed, you’re sitting in the paint the entire time. What are you whining about?’ He told me to stop crying. I was like, ‘What? Are you serious?’” Sportal

November 8, 2013 Updates
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Given that it's well past quitting time on the East Coast, it appears that the NBA will wait until Friday to announce any further penalties against Vince Carter, if any are forthcoming. Carter lost his cool in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, planting a hard forearm and elbow to the head of Thunder rookie Steven Adams in the third quarter and was ejected from the game. The NBA was quiet on Thursday, but it would be no surprise if the league suspended Carter for Friday's game at Minnesota. League rules are clear that anybody who throws an elbow or punch at another player, whether it lands or not, will be suspended for at least one game without pay. Dallas Morning News

Carter got tangled up with Thunder rookie center Steven Adams under the basket with 4:01 to go in the third quarter. Adams instigated the tussle when he delivered a shove to Carter's neck area. But Carter, who has been in the league 16 seasons and usually keeps his cool, unleashed a sharp forearm or elbow to the neck and head of Adams. Carter got a flagrant foul, penalty two, for the play and was ejected from the game. Further penalties could be coming from the league office, which reviews all flagrant fouls. A suspension is not out of the question. Afterward, Carter was upset with his emotional lapse. Dallas Morning News

"I just want to apologize to the fans of both sides," he said. "There's no need for it. They're trying to clean up the game and make it fun for fans to watch. It was one of those things where I got caught in the moment and reacted to a reaction that was done to you. My intentions have never been that way. It's just one of those things." Asked if he thought the league would suspend him, Carter said: "It is what it is. There's nothing you can do. I hurt my team giving up free throws and points, so, I just have to deal with the consequences and move forward. It happened. Sometimes when you do something like that, you wish you could take it back. It was a physical game. We have a lot of history. All of them have been chippy and edgy." Dallas Morning News

After a physical loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki gave the Thunder's rookie center Steven Adams a new nickname: "the white Kendrick Perkins." Nowitzki's comment was in regard to Adams' willingness to mix it up down low, a trait that has earned Thunder center Kendrick Perkins a notorious reputation around the league. Adams was involved in an incident in the third quarter in which he and Mavericks guard Vince Carter exchanged elbows, with Carter being ejected from the game for his blow. Dallas Morning News

October 29, 2013 Updates

It’s unlikely any team comes calling for Marion or Carter, but a team looking to dump off a big contract or a free agent that may walk away, might look at Marion or Carter, especially if Dallas will toss in one of their young guys or a future draft pick. HoopsWorld

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"It will probably be an up and down moment for him," former teammate Amir Johnson predicted before the game. "They'll probably boo, I just hope it isn't worse than they boo (Vince Carter)." TSN

October 4, 2013 Updates

From the looks of the calendar, Vince Carter is in the twilight of his NBA career. But don’t ask the Dallas Mavericks’ small forward if he’s thought about retiring and hanging up his high-flying sneakers. Although he is in the last year of his contract, Carter, who turns 37 on Jan. 26, doesn’t have a timetable for ending his career. “I don’t want to do that to myself,” Carter said after Thursday morning’s practice. “I don’t want to limit myself. I think doing that you’ll start thinking about [retirement] as the season goes on. I’ll just let the body pretty much dictate how I’m feeling in the end.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Carter acknowledged that his body is telling him that he’s got a few more years left to play. Especially after he averaged a solid 13.4 points — mostly off the bench — in just 26 minutes per game last season. Additionally, coach Rick Carlisle said that Carter, who is entering his 16th season, addresses a lot of his team’s pertinent needs, particularly from a leadership standpoint. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Butch Carter, who coached McGrady in Toronto, remembered him as a prodigy who changed his presumptions about talent development. “Tracy convinced me that some guys don’t need to go to college to be pros,” Butch Carter said. “He was totally committed to his craft. ... By the second half of his third (and final) season in Toronto, he was consistently the best player in practice.” That’d be the best player on the Raptors including Vince Carter. “T-Mac was just awesome for me,” Butch Carter said. “Considering where Tracy McGrady came from and what he accomplished, it’s miraculous. Because Tracy had none of the support systems guys normally get to give them a chance. He was taken out of a small Florida hometown, shipped off to (a prep school in) North Carolina when he’d never been away from home. And then shipped to a foreign country. Tracy McGrady is the first high school player that had to play in a foreign country.” Toronto Star

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