Vince Carter held a conference call late last night after he had been traded from the Raptors to the New Jersey Nets. Here's some of what Carter had to say:
- On how he learned about the trade: "I actually was asleep. Everybody was calling me. I was like, 'What do you want?' They said, 'You've been traded.' I said, 'Don't joke like that.' It's just starting to sink in right now."
- On his time in Toronto: "It's nothing like bad blood. It was more of a business decision. I love Toronto and everything it had to offer. The organization was good to me and helped me grow and make a name for myself. I have no reason to talk bad about them because I wouldn't be where I am without that opportunity. Where it went wrong? I don't know. I guess it got to where it was time to move on."
- On his Achilles injury: "I just (yesterday) started doing light running and going through light drills. It's nothing major. I don't know what they really call it -- it's not torn that badly. I am hoping (to be back playing) in at least the next couple of games. I am definitely going to take my time. Achilles injuries are not something you want to look over, especially when I have to fill the lanes and run with a guy like Jason Kidd."
- On dunking: "It was one of those things, a guy was giving me a hard time, and I said, 'Aw, I don't dunk anymore.' It was blown out of context. After that I had eight or nine dunks in three games. I definitely plan on it. I have no choice now."
- On how good the Nets can be: "On paper, just with the big three, myself, J-Kidd and Richard (Jefferson), (we are) going to be tough."