Lakers coach Phil Jackson was critical of Vince Carter as the Nets struggled down the stretch of last season, and now the swingman has fired back.
"I care nothing about Phil Jackson and what he says. He's entitled to his opinion. It means nothing, it's just a coach feeling that he can say what he wants to say, and that's fine," Carter said. "His opinion means nothing to me. Maybe it made him feel good saying it, but that's it."
Carter averaged 21.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game for the 34-48 Nets.
"I've been in this league 10 years now, seen it all, been expected to do this, not expected to do that," Vince added. "But it's really about my team and what we need to do and it's about me focusing on what I need to do.
"I don't get into reading the papers and what people feel that they think I should do, that's just a matter of opinion. I sit down with the coaching staff and we talk about what they expect of me each and every year - and outside of that, it's just gibberish."