Jordan won't play much against Carter, Raptors

Full-fledged meeting won't come until Dec. 16

Pro Basketball

October 25, 2001|By Don Markus

The much-anticipated first meeting between Michael Jordan and Vince Carter in tonight's preseason NBA game at the Air Canada Centre will likely be short-lived since the Washington Wizards' star is not expected to play much against the Toronto Raptors.

Coming off games on successive nights, Jordan did not practice yesterday, and Wizards coach Doug Collins said that the 38-year-old guard would see some minutes at the start of the game before taking the rest of the night off.

Jordan played 36 minutes -- his longest stint since returning to the NBA -- while scoring 27 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in Tuesday's 105-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets in Greenville, S.C. Tonight's game will mark the fourth in five nights for the Wizards.

Carter didn't seem disappointed that the matchup with the player he's been compared with won't likely come off until the teams meet in Toronto on Dec. 16.

"There's nothing to hype," Carter said yesterday. "It's a preseason game, it's as simple as that. If I was even into that, I would be playing in one-on-one tournaments the rest of my life. Then it would matter."

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