Vince Carter on Miami's Potential Super Team, Trade Rumors
Vince Carter just shook his head at the thought. And he wasn't shaking it in amazement, like some people. He was shaking in to say, it really wouldn't work.
"Good luck with that one,'' said Carter, the seven-time All-Star, during a break at his Orlando Magic basketball camp Tuesday. "I think it's a neat idea, but at the end of the day, all that talent on one team, I don't know. I just don't know (if it would work). Now, it's time for the last shot, who do you give it to? It would be a tough situation.''
Carter speaks with experience when it comes to taking the last shot, a star asked to create for himself and for others. It has been his role throughout his 12-year career.
The thought of James or Wade or Bosh standing by idly while one of them dominates the ball is just something he can't imagine. All three have spent their careers as the main man on their teams. And he doesn't believe two of the three would be happy.
"Okay coach, who gets the ball? It's like, let's get all the best guys in the neighborhood on one team, now who do you give it to?'' he asked. "If you have three guys -- two for sure and Chris is capable as well -- it's just tough.''
If it happened, it certainly would drop Carter and his Magic teammates to second-class status in the state of Florida. Their days of dominance over the Heat likely would end quickly.
Carter is well aware that he has been the subject of trade rumors this summer, stemming from the Magic's inability to get past the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference final.
Carter, who joined the Magic a year ago from New Jersey, is going into the final year of his contract, paying him $17 million.
The Magic talked earlier with the New Orleans Hornets about a deal that would have sent Carter and point guard Jameer Nelson to the Hornets in exchange for Chris Paul and James Posey. His name also has been linked to the Magic's interest in Gilbert Arenas.
"This is my 12th year, and for 10 of them, I've heard that (trade rumors). If it happens, it happens. When it comes to October, I'll be ready to go, wherever that is,'' he said. "Earlier in my career, it might have bothered me. Not now. I don't pay much attention to it anymore.''
Although Magic general manager Otis Smith maintains the Magic have not talked to the Hornets regarding Paul, Carter said it would not surprise him if they did.
"That's just the nature of the beast. I'm comfortable here. It's a dream come true to play in my hometown with a chance to win a championship,'' he said. "But if the organization sees otherwise, that's just the way it is.''