Steve Nash tweeted Tuesday night he was excited about Vince Carter’s entry into the Phoenix lineup.
It’s gonna be fun. He can do things no one on our team can do and will improve us
The fun starts Wednesday night — Carter will make his debut for the Suns against the Philadelphia 76ers, coach Alvin Gentry told the Arizona Republic.
Carter was traded from Orlando to Phoenix two weeks ago but has had to sit out due to swelling in his knee. The Suns have lost three straight and need what Carter — the motivated version of Carter — can bring to the table. The shot creation from the wing, the outside threat. The Suns currently sit as the 11 seed in the West, just a game-and-a-half back of the Rockets and Trail Blazers tied for the eighth seed.
Carter has practiced the Suns offense but this is the first time he will run it full speed in a game, however his comments to the Republic sound like a guy who is trying to fit in on and off the court.
“I’m one of those guys who asks a lot of questions anyway, not only for myself but for the other new guys to help our transition and make it a little easier,” Carter said. “I’ve always prided myself on not only learning the offense but understanding the ins and outs of it so I can help other guys out.
“I guess it’s a (North) Carolina thing. Grant (Hill, of Duke) wouldn’t know about that.”