Carter had been brought to Orlando in a trade with the New
Jersey Nets for these moments, these late-game shots, and even the
Celtics privately raised eyebrows over how discombobulated he looked on
Everyone could see his two free throws never had a chance. Carter’s
weak in the clutch, his legacy further cemented in Game 2. No one
shrinks like him.
“Just don’t remind me,” Carter grumbled, when someone reminded him he
was an 84 percent free-throw shooter on the season. Just don’t remind
him? Oh, he’s going to be reminded every day this week.
This is just a shocking development. It's not like anyone could see this all coming when Orlando was considering trading for him
Vince has ruined any promising situation he's been a part of.
Magic need to do something to upgrade their team, but Vince Carter
isn't it. Now… as a Celtics fan… I'd love to watch one of our main
competitors implode. But I'm sure as hell not going to sit here and
pretend like that's a good deal for Orlando.
I'm gonna take a wild stab at this… and guess that VC will react by
pretending to try hard… then reverting to what he has ALWAYS been and
then sulking and sleepwalking through part of the season until a
relatively minor injury forces him to sit out an extended period of
time… at which point Orlando's offense will go stagnant because
Rashard Lewis isn't a playmaker and Dwight Howard isn't a focal point
so the Magic will capitulate to him because they've invested way too
much money in him despite his history.
I'm not bringing up things I've said in the past to gloat (ok, maybe I am a little)… I'm just trying to make a point here:
I'm just some dude who watches a lot of basketball. The Orlando Magic have scouts, and film guys, and people who are a lot smarter and paid a lot more to evaluate guys like this. Yes, he's a great individual offensive player… but he's never been much more than that… and he's certainly never been considered a "clutch" player.
If an idiot like me can see this coming… why couldn't they?
I'll thank them for it though… and suggest this as their new official team website.