Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  31 responses

Orlando’s Desperate Plea to Vince Carter

Fans and media of the Magic know Vince can’t have a similar performance to his sorry Game 4 showing if the Magic are to extend the Eastern Conference Finals past tonight. From the Orlando Sentinel: “You can have a bad night and still find ways to win, but it still bothers me,’ Carter said of his horrid 1-of-9 shooting, 3-point effort in the Magic’s season-salvaging 96-92 overtime victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Monday night. ‘I told my teammates that I owe them one.’ Actually, Carter owes Jameer Nelson, Dwight Howard, J.J. Redick and Co. way more than that. Those guys didn’t just save the season; they gave Carter yet another chance to save his legacy. Can you imagine the outcry if Carter had performed so pitifully and the Magic had lost Game 4 and been swept out of the playoffs? Magic GM Otis Smith would have instantaneously been transformed from one of the league’s most astute personnel evaluators back into the bonehead who drafted Fran Vazquez. All we would have heard from Magic fans is a steady string of, ‘Why did we give up Hedo Turkoglu blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.’ But Smith and Carter now get a reprieve in Game 5 tonight at Amway Arena. If the Magic lose, the season is obviously over. Worse yet — and I don’t think I’m overstating this — if the Magic lose, Carter will be doomed to an eternal fate as one of the most underachieving players in NBA history. This is your time, Vince. This is your town. You grew up as a kid in Central Florida wanting to lead the Orlando Magic to a championship Well, this is your chance to help orchestrate the most historic comeback in the history of the NBA. Your team needs you now, Vince, in the worst way.”

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  • rashado

    yeah good luck with that vince. once a quitter always a quitter.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Dang, man. Tonight’s game determines how history will remember Vince Carter?

  • Nash

    Honestly, is anyone surprised?

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    When Perkins blocked a Vince dunk attempt last game, part of my childhood died.

  • LA Huey

    Sucks being forced to believe in Santa Claus

  • The Philosopher

    It may be too little too late for Vince Carter. He has a lot of miles on him, and he’s been slowing down for quite some time, now. He’s still the greatest dunker in NBA history, though.

  • ramn

    When all your hopes and dreams rest on Vince…well now you know why toronto fans still boo him to this day…

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    @Mo Charlo that was a foul! perkins robbed us from the nastiest dunk in this playoffs

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Yeah, good luck with that Orlando…

  • Hangtime Hec

    The only person that can stop Vince Carter…Is himself. A perfect example that its takes mental toughness and effort to be one of the greats.

  • cool j

    Vince was probably the greatest dunker in NBA history,but he was never and never will be a great basketball player,I think there is a difference.
    He doesn’t have the drive that Kobe,KG ,Pierce or even Jameer Nelson have!
    He received the adulation of a city,a country and franchise-player money,but he has a role player mind-set.

  • riggs

    actually the nastiest dunk wouldve been either shannon on richardson or amar’e on gasol yesterday.

  • dsleepy

    cool j, i dunno if u remember the 76ers vs. Raptors series (early 2000s?) when a.i. and carter were exchaning 40 point games like it was nothing. he was a good player then. but what made him good was his aggressiveness, which he no longer has. way too often, when his team desperately needs him to drive and initiate something going to the rim, i see him step back for an off-balance fadeaway. sad. that being said, i don’t think anyone (ANYONE) is surprised. in fact, shame on otis smith for asking an overpaid fourth option to try to be the alpha male on a contender.

  • Fat Lever

    Does Orlando have a true franchise player? Dwight? Not to me. Too one dimensional on offense, doesn’t command the ball, not vocal. VC? No way? Raw Lew(especially when getting paid $119M)? Hahaha. With a team of supposed leaders, the only one I see is Jameer.

  • Robb

    I don’t think VC’s got what it takes. You can’t learn to be like Kobe, or Pierce, you are born with it and Carter just doesn’t have it, no matter how much you beg him. If the Magic somehow pull this off, it won’t be because of Vince, it will be in spite of him.

    @riggs Amare’s dunk would’ve been monstrous.

  • cool j

    dsleepy-I remember that series against Phylly.The difference is he had Butch Carter in his face and seldom mentionned Charles Oakley really challenged Vince to perform at the high level.
    I think you and I agree that Vince will always choose the easy route.
    As a Rap fan watching Vinsanity slack makes me smile!

  • http://manutebogues.blogspot.com cramzy

    I don’t know why I’m shocked every time Vince doesn’t show up. How did our expectations of him sky rocket like this? Maybe he’s just not that good.

  • dsleepy

    agreed… but as a fan of his once-great athleticism, it makes me die a little on the inside.

  • Scottie Pimpin

    take it to the hole Vince !!!!

  • ClydeSays

    VC always seems to have incredible moments that make you wonder why he can’t play at that level with any consistency. TMac was/is the same. No sustained great play over multiple seasons or even in the post season. Maybe they can’t play effectively with injuries. Maybe he doesn’t have the killer instinct. Who knows? I do think the Magic put their trust in a guy who has never been very trustworthy. Talented yes, but not exactly a franchise changer. JJ Reddick looks better at this point.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Hey Mr. Carter (hello)
    Tell me where have you been (ha ha, you know)
    They been askin
    They been searchin
    They been wonderin if you’ll ever play again

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Can Vince AND Lewis show up? It ain’t just VC that Went missing. The only chance Orlando has is for Dwight to get the ball… allot.

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Pablaso is right. Perk fould him on his arm, obvious call, that was so nasty. Im mad they didnt call that. You cant eexpect a 33 yr old vince to all of a sudden perform likke hes 25. Esp when hes been 3rd or 4th option all season. That sais hes got to play like he did in game 1. Funny, many of u seem to forget that he was the only magic player to come out aggressive in game 1.

  • Aaron

    Good point by Clyde relating VC and TMAC. They’re the type of players that determine what kind of effort they’ll give BEFORE the game begins (or when they wake up in the morning). Those guys have no urgency to give it their all every night.

  • The Sire of Sales

    I like Vince, always have! I never wanted to believe the rumors that he was soft, had no heart, didn’t like the pressure of being the man when the game was on the line. Unfotunately, he’s proving his critic’s to be correct and fans like me to be idiots. It really hit home in game 2 or 3. When the game was tied and Vince fell and landed on his right wrist. He rolled over pointed to his left wrist and demanded to be taken out of the game. He didn’t want that pressure of getting his team over the hump and preferred to watch it from the bench. Watch the tape! Its plain as day!

  • Dyce

    I think Vince and Tmac are different. Tmac would offer defer to his teammates for long stretches in the game. Vince just pulls up random fadeaway mid-range jumpshots. If it wasnt for injuries Tmac actually put up numbers when it mattered.

  • AL29

    Vince could score 64 tonight, and still be remembered as a loser. It’s too late for him to salvage his reputation.

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    Put Paul Pierce and Vince Carter side by side at the beginning of their careers, and then today. Now ask yourself what’s more important: heart and killer instinct, or athleticism and talent?

  • pepe

    vince and tracy are cousing though

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    Now ask yourself: What some acting lessons, a go to flop move & a flare for the dramatic, would have done…

  • Yawn

    Isn’t Mcgrady 3rd all time in scoring in the Playoffs? He doesn’t have a killer instinct, but he puts up numbers when he was in a playoff series.