They were still replacing singed basketball nets at the Staples Center when the Newark Star-Ledger tracked down Vince Carter and asked him to reflect on Kobe’s 81 point performance. With an indifferent shrug and forced smile from the side of his mouth, Vinsanity said this:
“The only bad thing about it is that younger kids, whose minds are easily warped, are going to think, ‘Ohhh! I am going to go out there and do it instead of (honoring) the team concept first.’”
Team concept?!? Oh, now you gone and done it.
This is from the same guy who pulled up a proverbial lounge chair everytime he stepped foot onto the hardwood. The same teammate who tipped the other team on upcoming plays. The same player who yanked his credibility from the single thread it was still dangling from and virtually stomped it out after admitting he wasn’t giving 100% to the organization.
In case you didn’t know, JYD (Jerome Williams) is now a member of the front office with the Raptors brass and even he remarked about how he completely lost all respect for Vince Carter after he screwed the team while everyone else was fighting to win. The dog pound heartily woofs in agreement.
Allow me to add to your amusement. Last season Kobe Bryant managed to lead the league in attempted shots per game with 20.1 shots per game. Guess who was second in the league with 20.0 shots per game? No, it wasn’t Mike James, but good guess. He wears number 15 and his name rhymes with rinse water.
Vince Carter is preaching to the NBA massive about team concept. Am I living in a bad episode of the Twilight Zone where all the bullies at school turn into Zen monks and denounce the merit of lunch money? Neither Vince or Kobe know anything about team play.
Can you imagine playing a doubles tennis match against Vince and Kobe? They’d be virtually straddling the net battling each other for the volley. As far as I’m concerned, you could tie Vince, Kobe, and T-Mac’s legs together and enter them into a potato sack race against a load of bricks and they’d still find a way to lose.
The only way Vince or Kobe will be able to bring a championship to their team is to play with their teams. Until then, they can score 50, 80, or a 100 points a game and it wouldn’t count for anything.