The reason why I say this is because he apologized for his behavior, which simply was a reaction to an instigator by the name of Steven Adams, the Thunder center who Carter elbowed in the face, which earned him a flagrant-2 foul with just over four minutes left in the third quarter.
Even though the 7-foot rookie has about half a foot of height over the 6-foot-6 frame of veteran “Vinsanity,” the Sixth Man was cool on the court until this league newbie initiated the elbow contact.
Apparently, Adams simply was guarding the ball in his possession, but by human nature, Carter must have gotten into defense mode, not just for the sake of the game, but as a personal fight-or-flight response.
With more than a whole decade and-a-half worth of pro ball on his NBA resume, Carter should already be well-trained by now not to take some of the play so seriously, but Adams must have been a little too rough for his favor.
Either way, “Half Man Half Amazing” never ceases to amaze me. Instead of acting like a poor sport when he was escorted off the court in the midst of boos from fans at OKC’s Chesapeake Energy Arena, he still said that he was sorry to both sides.
“It’s not my intentions and I’ve never been that way. It’s just one of those things.” – Vince Carter, No. 25, G/F
The Maverick, who also was known as “Air Canada” when he played for the Toronto Raptors, just got caught up in the heat of the moment. After all, he has been in beast mode since the offseason due to his pursuit of a championship. Before Carter concludes his career, he has a burning desire to be a Finals contender, so he is doing his best to contribute success by yielding full force with all of his might.
The Thunder experienced another elbow incident that was even more severe and uncalled for a couple of seasons ago when Los Angeles Lakers‘ opponent Metta World Peace (now of the New York Knicks) brought on an unnecessary roughness to former OKC guard James Harden (now of the Houston Rockets) following a dunk.
World Peace definitely does not live up to the hype of his legally-changed last name, as world class baller Carter does to all of his nicknames. At least Carter can come clean with his misconduct, while World Peace actually lied to a child and failed to hold himself accountable for his lame actions.
During his children’s book promotion, World Peace denied the misdeed when asked about his indecency at that April 2012 game when he caused Harden’s concussion. Talk about saving his own face! Yeah, Metta, real classy, you’re definitely a role model for kids… Not.
Outspoken OKC power forward Kevin Durant recently gave both Harden and Dallas PF Dirk Nowitzki props, so I hope that he is a good sport about the flagrant called on Carter.
As for Adams, I believe that he still has a great deal to learn in the game, as far as ball etiquette is concerned. Yes, he was protecting the ball when Carter elbowed him, but he can’t expect to get away with that kind of friction on the floor, which was a little too harsh for the hardwood. Obviously, championship-hungry Carter will bite back.