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Vince Carter not bothered by J.R. Smith’s headband antics

Feb 26, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

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At one point in Monday night’s close contest between the Knicks and the Mavericks, J.R. Smith was apparently tired of seeing Vince Carter rain in shot after shot from three-point distance, and was willing to try anything to distract him.

That included, of course, messing with Carter’s headband during a stoppage in play.

All by itself, Smith’s gesture would have seemed playful and as nothing more than an attempt to distract an opponent’s hot shooting. But with his history of shoelace untying that the league deemed unsportsmanlike, it’s a little bit of a bigger issue.

But Carter isn’t going to be the one to treat it that way, and the veteran took it in stride as being nothing more than good fun between two competitors.

From Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News:

Vince Carter was a little surprised when New York’s J.R. Smith tugged at Carter’s headband and pulled it over his ear.

Surprised, but not upset about it. …

“It didn’t bother me,” Carter said after the Mavericks’ shootaround. “I hear everybody making a big deal about it, but he didn’t pull it over my eyes where I couldn’t see or play the game, so it wasn’t a big deal. But I know because it’s him, it’s an issue. He didn’t want me to make any more shots. It was just funny to me.”

Again, this is only an issue due to Smith’s past behavior, and because the league warned him and then fined him for participating in some similar nonsense.

In Dallas’ win over the Knicks, Carter led the Mavericks in scoring with 23 points in 26 minutes off the bench, and hit 7-of-12 from three-point distance. Clearly, whatever Smith did outside of the normal course of the game had zero effect on Carter’s performance.

  1. urallstupid - Feb 26, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    remember that one time he got morris peterson ejected with “good fun” and then his b!tch @ss coach didnt let him go explain to the refs.

  2. sportsfan18 - Feb 26, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    He shouldn’t be at this stage of his career. I mean he’s like 138 yrs old.

    Now when Carter was like 23 or 24, I bet this would really have gotten under his skin.

    A veteran with his experience should NOT be bothered by this.

    • adoombray - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      JR Smith is incredibly still a really young guy too, Vince handled it like the pro JR Smith wishes he was. I cant beleive im saying that about Vince Carter either lol

    • trickybastard - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      yep. he’s happy just the have the chance to be relevant

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