Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 at 3:19 pm  |  24 responses

The Highlight Reel

Vince Carter is remixing his game.

Photo by Pier Nicola D’Amico
Originally published in SLAM 104

There was once a time when SLAMADAMONTH was, more or less, a section reserved for Vince Carter. This wasn’t just because we loved VC; he did things on a nightly basis most dudes couldn’t fathom. You may be a hater now, but you know that he used to bring you to your feet. Nightly.—Adam Fleischer

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  • ti-sizz

    i love vc, no matter what. his shot is pretty good despite what people say about him. he’s got the vision and the passing skills. only problem is when people say that he doesn’t have the right attitude. with a relevant team, that’s far from the case, he does care about winning more than people realize. go orlando magic, vc has made them important to me

  • tavoris

    always loved to watch this dude play Not the Magic have 2 of the more entertaining (and dunk-happy) players in the entire L.

  • mike

    VC is brining it this year. People are gonna be big time surprised at what this guy can still do.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Boy’s climbing back to relevance.

  • http://www.nicekicks.com Chris

    “only problem is when people say that he doesn’t have the right attitude. with a relevant team, that’s far from the case, he does care about winning more than people realize.” It’s not his attitude that upsets me, I mean I’m still a fan of Shawn Marion, but unlike Shawn VC purposely dogged it to get a trade. That doesn’t stand in my books.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    The one issue (Bosh alternate cover right?) that didn’t come in the mail. Either mailman stole it or it got sent to the wrong address and they kept it. Need to get it off the back-issues site.
    He was the Dunkman before Shaq’s brand of shoes.

  • http://slamonline.com cb 34

    Vince is not only a very complete player but in my book very underrated. It just looks like he’s not trying that hard because the game is too easy for him. Not that dude is slacking but it’s all effortless. Clutch, outside inside game,passes,rebounds…I can go on and on about this guy. One of my favorites. Don’t compare marion to vince, it’s insulting. Marion thrived in the phoenix offense but now that he’s left to fend for himself without nash and d’antoni, he just looks lost at times. I bet he’ll have 1 hell of a year.

  • JDH

    Vince has always been a very good player. We all know and have seen some of his dunks (The best dunker of all time in my mind). He has a really nice game to go with the dunks though too. I expect big things out of him now that he has a good team around him. I am very excited to watch him this coming year and hope he can regain some of his old form.

  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    He could have been one of the greatest players of all time in the NBA. I’m serious. the only thing stopping him is some games he playes the game like fire and passion, almost jordanesque. then another game he’ll play lazy and sloppy like he doesnt care. i honestly think he could be as dood as kobe if he just cared every game.

  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one


  • JDH

    I like Vince too, but he could never be good as Kobe. Vince has never really acquired the ability to play defense like Kobe, nor is his work ethic in the same category. Even with all the talent Lebron has, I don’t know if he can even be as good of a player as Kobe is. He has better physical gifts, but Kobe mentally is on a whole nother planet.

  • http://slamonline.com Niyagirlfresh

    LeBron reminds me alot of Vince Carter in his early years, not Micheal Jordan (don’t know why people compare LBJ to MJ) Vince Carter was just as good as LeBron in his early years he was one of those guys who relied too much on their athletic ability strength and power and on down the line had develop perimeter game later. If Vince had the intense work ethic he’d stillbe putting up 20 ppg seasons.

  • http://slamonline.com Niyagirlfresh

    I agree with you JDH.

  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    @JDH good point i never even took into account the seperation between kobe and vince when it come to defense. However, part of the reason he doesn’t have the work ethic like kobe has is because it seems like he doesn’t care or he’s lazy

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    Are there any people who actually care about the fact that at one point Vince stopped trying because he didn’t get his way? Stop and think about that. What would you give to play basketball for millions of bucks, even on a losing team? He’s more mature now, but I have a hard time forgiving him from a basketball standpoint for being a quitter while we’re at our 9 to 5 bulls#it.

  • White Chocolate*DSC*

    I just moved to daytona to play for daytona state college and from what i’ve heard around the gyms is that vince carter is a God around here

  • JacobM23

    VC is going to have a beastly year for the Magic

  • http://www.daytonastate.edu/athletics/ White Chocolate*DSC*

    Vince is nasty

  • Rusty

    @niyagirlfresh, Vince still is putting up 20ppg seasons, He averaged 20.8 last year. Vince and his cousin both are lazy otherwise they both could of been up their with the greats.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Rusty: Injuries and laziness are completely different. T-Mac played his @ss off every game, but his knee got busted up. Hopefully he’ll be back, but you can’t call the dude lazy. Come on now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    Vince is going to have a great year next year. Something like 19 ppg and 5-6 apg and a guarnteed trip to the Eastern Finals. Mark my word.

  • Deeves

    VC is just one of the most talented basketball player of his era. I would like to see him win a ring with the Magic. He really matured in jersey and became a leader as well as an all around player. 20-5-5 per season is not an easy task!

  • http://slamonline.com Niyagirlfresh


    T-Mac isn’t lazy he just had an unfortunate injury run, the back the knees, the ankles etc. He can very well be 27 5 5 guy right now at age 30, but injuries kept reoccuring. Vince Carter needless to say can still have a highlight season if he works on his quickness along with some good muscle and body treatment he can still do most of his damage on the perimeter. The thing about Vince is that he formed his perimeter game late in his career because he was such a beast athletically and power wise so now is the time for him to use his perimeter game at this stage of his career he can still have a awsome season.

    If T-Mac can somehow by the grace of God comeback atleast 80 healthy he can do some damamge too.

  • cc

    VC has always been an entertaining player to watch, all the best goes to him this season.
    One things for sure, the magics are gona sell a hell of tickets.