Returning to the NBA Slam Dunk contest -- even in the name of raising funds for charity -- at the urging of Shaquille O'Neal was not something he would consider.
"No. Dwight (Howard) can do it,'' Carter said after Wednesday morning's practice. "Nobody should feel obligated to do anything they don't want to do.''
Carter, once one of the league's most acrobatic players, won the contest in 2000.
It was O'Neal Tuesday night who said that he would convince teammate LeBron James to be part of the contest next month, but only if past champions like Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter returned.
Carter, though, was in no mood to even think about competing in the Slam Dunk contest. He was more worried about helping his new team -- the Magic -- stop their current slide.
Carter is in a terrible slump, averaging a career-low 16.9 points while shooting just 39 percent from the field. The Magic have lost three consecutive games. He is taking much of the blame as the new guy who joined the defending Eastern Conference champs.
"I did make Tracy (McGrady) get in the Dunk Contest in 2000,'' Carter joked. "But he could have said no. It's up to the individual.''
Carter clearly was saying no.