Vince Carter is on the move again. This time, it’s a trip from Orlando to Phoenix as the fantastic dunker was traded during a blockbuster weekend for the Magic.
Arthroscopic surgery could hinder him from the start in Phoenix, but you’ve got to admit, it’s pretty intriguing to think about Vinsanity playing alongside Steve Nash.
The Suns also picked up Marcin Gortat, who Carter says in the following interview was so excited about it that he might wet himself, and Mickael Pietrus. Does that make them an NBA Championship contender? Or even a real challenger in the West? Probably not, but we’ll have to wait to answer that one while — if he gets his knee right — Carter throws down in another new uniform.
Vince Carter joined KTAR in Phoenix with Gambo and Ash to discuss playing with Steve Nash, showcasing himself with a contract on the line, Marcin Gortat possibly wetting himself with excitement, motivating factors after losing in last year’s playoffs and to not discuss his favorite dunk of all-time.
On playing with Steve Nash in Phoenix:
“I think the sky’s the limit. I’m going to make it my business to make sure I understand the offense and what he’s trying to get out of the offense. I’ve gotten the opportunity to play with great point guards like him and the caliber, with Jason Kidd, so I kind of have the concepts already. … At any moment, if Steve’s not looking at you, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t see you.”
On having an opportunity to showcase himself:
“This is how I approach it, I figure if I can go out there and just do my job, do what’s asked of me each and every night, that’ll take care of itself. I feel like we, as athletes, or people in general, make the mistake of trying to do more just because they’re trying to prove that. And they get out of character. My goal is to stay in character.”
On Marcin Gortat:
“Marc is a guy that’s pumped up. Right before we walked up here, he was just so excited. This is his opportunity. If you know Marc, you listen to him and what he’s saying and it’s tough when you have a Dwight Howard in front of you. Your minutes are few and far between. Dwight is a machine. He doesn’t get tired; he doesn’t get injured. … Now, [Gortat] is excited about the opportunity to get valuable playing time and really making a difference. … I feel like his first game, boy, he might wet his pants ’cause he’s going to be so excited.”
On motivations after erasing memories of losing to Celtics last year:
“Definitely. That was our goal coming into the season, was to erase that memory. Like I said in my press conference, my mentality was to come out here and try to win a championship and that mentality does not change.”
On his favorite dunk of all time:
“I don’t have one. I do them for people to enjoy.”