After completing preseason as the only team to go undefeated with a record of 8-0 (although not saying too much), the Orlando Magic enter the '09-'10 season with supreme expectations.
With arguably the deepest roster in the NBA today, last seasons runner up is undoubtedly a serious force not to be reckoned with.
Superstar Vince Carter has already shown a re-birth to his high-flying days, attacking the hoop vigorously and finishing the slam with no regard to human life.
Since first stepping foot onto the court in a Magic jersey, VC has quickly realized that being the center of attention is a thing of the past and that in order for his team to be successful, No.15 does not have to do it all.
Carter quoted to Fanhouse,
"It's not so much a different role as I won't be doing it for as long each night. I won't have the ball 32-34 minutes a game trying to create for everyone else,'' he said. "I'll be playing off other people. Dwight will have the ball. Rashard will have the ball. Our short, little point guard will have the ball.''
In seven preseason games Carter averaged a team high 18.6 PPG, while simply focusing on his "new role", rather than having the abundance amount of pressure on his shoulders to produce in order for his old Toronto and New Jersey teams to win.
Ever since Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson departed from the New Jersey Nets during the '07-'08 season, Carter's impression from a fans perspective has been an extremely negative one at best.
Whether it's the injury card being pulled out or the bashing of VC's aggressiveness, Carter's outlook has simply gone from being one of the most elite players in the NBA to a 32-year-old star with limited abilities to what he once possessed.
When taking a look back at Carter's 11 year career, one could easily distinguish that the star never had a true center on his squad.
Carter quoted to Fanhouse,
"I probably would have had a few (championships) by now,'' he said. "It would have been awesome. But I have no regrets. You play with the hand you're dealt, and do the best you can. You always wonder would it would be like, and now I'm getting that chance. I already know I'm going to like it.''
Through the thick of Carter's career, it has been clearly shown that Mr. Half man/Half amazing has never received the golden opportunity to compete for an NBA title.
With his best days obviously behind him, VC heads into the NBA season with "High-flying" hopes of proving to the world that there is nobody like Vince Carter and that with a well assembled roster, he can and will bring his team to glory.
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