Stan Van Gundy Takes Vince Carter to Task Defensively
Vince Carter -- the eight-time All-Star -- caught Van Gundy's wrath Wednesday, just the second day of training camp. Often treated with kid gloves during his time in New Jersey, Carter became the example of what not to do late in the morning practice.
"He (Carter) did not play well defensively today. He didn't do a good job out there. He's capable of doing a lot better, and that's what I want to see," Van Gundy said. "As a matter of fact, we'll talk to him about that and show him some (film) clips tomorrow."
Van Gundy was particularly upset when Carter fell asleep on one defensive possession, allowing J.J. Redick to catch and score on a back-door play.
"No, I'm not surprised (about Van Gundy's criticism)," Carter said when told of Van Gundy's assessment. "You can have 12 turnovers (and nothing is said) with him, but you let one guy go back-door and get caught looking, he'll let you have it. I won't make that mistake again."
Carter, now going into his 12th NBA season, was obtained in a trade from New Jersey this summer. He is the one expected to put the Magic over the top after they lost badly in the NBA Finals in June.
"He did not play with great focus, particularly near the end of the scrimmage," Van Gundy said. "He just didn't do as good a job as I know he's capable of. He's a smart guy and capable of being good defensively. He wasn't at that level today. I think he would tell you that, too."