Life is good with the Nets, Carter says

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

Vince Carter must have felt right at home.

In his second visit to the Air Canada Centre as a New Jersey Net, the ex-Raptors star was part of a scene that probably reminded him of New Jersey -- thousands of empty seats with little buzz in the building.

Sure, many of the fans booed Carter when he was introduced and when he scored his 20 points in a 107-105 overtime pre-season loss for the Nets last night, but it was nothing like the hostile reaction he received in his inaugural return April 15.

When asked if he thinks Raptors fans will ever remember him for the good times, Carter, uncomfortable with the question, said, "We'll see what happens, we'll see what happens."

As reporters surrounded him yesterday morning, Carter glanced at the massive Raptors logo on the wall and purposely planted himself away from the dinosaur.

Entering his first full season as a Net, Carter is trying not to reminisce about his up-and-down time in Toronto. He notices the pictures of him have been taken down at the Air Canada Centre and he takes time to visit the Raptors dressing room to say hello to old friends, but Carter prefers to focus on his present circumstances. Like raising his daughter Kai Michelle, born last June, and playing for a team favoured by many to win the Atlantic Division.

"Life is good," Carter said.

"That (his time in Toronto) is a thing of the past. I've moved on. I have a lot of things on my plate right now."

Carter, who had dinner with ex-teammate Alvin Williams on Tuesday, feels good about the Nets' chances. The Nets, who have added guard Jeff McInnis and centre Marc Jackson, were swept by the Miami Heat in the first round last season after earning a playoff spot on the final day of the campaign.

"I've been here before, I know the feeling," said Carter, thinking back to the good old Raptors days of 2001.

"I know what it feels like and it's a great feeling. Everybody is not afraid to say we know we're a playoff team. At the same time, the proof is in the pudding. We're a great team on paper, but we still have to go out there and win games."


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