Warming Up to Vince Carter

Jessica DAnalyst IJune 26, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MARCH 27:  Vince Carter #15 of the New Jersey Nets squares off against Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during their game on March 27, 2009 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

My fiance just put a lot into perspective regarding the Vince Carter for Alston, Lee, and Battie trade.

I have been mourning the loss of Lee, a player that I thought would be a promising long-time player for the Magic.

He might have been, but listen to what the big man of my house just told me:

"If Vince Carter would have been in Courtney Lee's position during Game two of the Lakers-Magic series, he would have made that alley-oop. He would have dunked the %^*% out of it."

And you know what? He's exactly right.

There's no denying that Lee will improve next year, but as I've been saying since the end of the Magic season, experience is crucial for the Orlando playoff run in spring 2010.

A lot of what went wrong in the late-game blown leads that the Magic endured had to do with lack of experience under pressure, and lack of stamina in a stressful Finals situation. I kept saying that if we found experienced players for a good price, it was necessary to acquire them.

So I guess that's what's happening here with Vince Carter, and why I'm warming up to the whole situation. However, one question still lingers in my mind.

Does this mean we're letting go of Hedo Turkoglu? Depending on what we pay Carter (and I'm sure he's not cutting us some kind of deal), could we even afford Turk?

I'm a proponent of keeping Turkoglu, but maybe there is some kind of dream team in the works I can't perceive yet.

I'm a little bit nervous about cracking apart the core that worked pretty darn well last year, but doing pretty darn well isn't good enough.

We want a championship in Orlando, and it looks like the Magic front office wants it just as bad as the fans do. We are making some drastic moves, but I'm starting to believe it's for the best.


What do you think? I'd love to hear your comments. -Jess