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We know the story by now.
After the Orlando Magic made it to the 2009 NBA Finals and lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games, general manager Otis Smith made the choice to reconstruct the roster during the off-season.
Arguably, the two biggest decisions made by Smith was replacing Hedo Turkoglu and bringing in Vince Carter, as well as surprising many people by matching the Dallas Mavericks’ offer sheet and re-signing Marcin Gortat to the full mid-level exception to remain the Magic’s back-up center.
Smith shares his take on Carter …
Via Tania Ganguli of the Orlando Sentinel:
I think that’s why we brought [Vince Carter] in. We brought him in for the postseason. Getting some attention off Dwight [Howard], which he’s been able to do. And to help carry his share of the load. We’re not asking him to carry the full load, which we don’t ask anyobdy to do. Our biggest load-carrier is Dwight. Everyone else has to do his part. [...] Probably the positive with him for me is he understands the game better than we thought. He had to understand we’re going to work hard every day. That’s something he had to grow into here. we don’t take a whole lot of days off. When we practice, we practice.
I think we signed him for a reason. To back up Dwight. Dwight will get in foul trouble and when he does we need a backup center. We insert Marsh. Marsh does a very good job of holding down the fort. Has done a very good job of holding down the fort the few years. I don’t know if that’s satisfaction. Like I said before, we’re in a league that probably only has 10 centers. We just happen to have two. It’s a luxury.