Vince Carter to start in debut, Andre Iguodala inactive

Posted by on December 29th, 6:41 pm

PHOENIX — The Vince Carter era is upon us, as Alvin Gentry announced an hour before game time that Carter will not only play tonight but also start.

The Suns gave thought to getting him acclimated off the bench but ultimately decided against it.

“He’s going to be a starter, so there’s no reason not to start him tonight,” Gentry said. “I just didn’t see what it would benefit playing him off the bench for one game. We’ll see what happens.”

Gentry plans on using the next few games to evaluate his rotations and eventually whittle it down to no more than 10.

The injury news was not so good on the Philly side as Andre Iguodala was made inactive with tendinitis in his right Achilles.

Iguodala averages 14.2 points, 6.1 boards and 5.5 assists per game, second on the Sixers in all categories.

“He’s an unbelievable athlete,” Gentry said of the player his team will miss. “He’s a tough matchup because he’s so long, so if you put a small guy on him he’s a pretty good post-up player. Plus he gives them another guy in the open floor who can handle the ball and create plays. He’s just a real solid player and has been since he walked into the league.”

Michael Schwartz founded ValleyoftheSuns in October 2008 and is the owner/editor emeritus of the site. He is currently working toward his MBA in sports business at San Diego State University.

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Tags: Philadelphia 76ers · Phoenix Suns · Phoenix Suns News · Vince Carter

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Eric Reiser // Dec 29, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Mike,

    Is it safe to say that Suns are just not a good team? I think the suns may have to seriously consider blowing this team up….what are your thoughts?

  • 2 Kalvo // Dec 29, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    They need to send a wrecking ball through this whole franchise and rebuild

  • 3 Kenton // Dec 29, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    “We are not paying hard enough. We have a lot of work in front of us. The positive thing is that it can’t get any worse.” -M. Gortat

    Oh, boy.

  • 4 JC // Dec 29, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Countdown until Nash issues a private trade request? I wouldn’t blame him.

  • 5 Michael Schwartz // Dec 30, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    You don’t want to panic after a horrendous performance when it’s the first time everyone has ever played together, but certainly cause for concern. These next two are real must-win games.

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