DALLAS -– Vince Carter described his two appearances in the Final Four as “not good ones.’’
As Carter said: “We lost to Mike Bibby (and Arizona in the 1997 championship game) the first time and we lost to Andre Miller (and Utah in 1998 semifinals) the second time.
“But to be honest with you, it was some great times and some of the biggest games you ever played in college basketball. It’s unfortunate we didn’t win it, but I enjoyed it.’’
Carter, a forward with the Dallas Mavericks, recalls the Friday practice sessions that were open to the public as an added different flavor for the Final Four teams.
“We had open practices, which was different because of course all college practices are pretty much closed,’’ Carter said. “Everybody kind of watching us do our thing and just having a little fun and that was just a part of a lot of hoopla.
“It was fun the first time. The second time I think it was easier to focus because I had been there just the year before and we didn’t want what happened the year before to happen again, which it did.’’
The Mavs are on the West Coast to play in Los Angeles tonight against the Lakers, in Sacramento to play to Kings on Sunday, and in Utah to play the Jazz on Tuesday. So they’ll miss the Final Four festivities at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Carter said: “I wish we were in town just to see (the Final Four) because I definitely would have been there, for sure, to watch.’’
-- Dwain Price
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