O'Neill knew going in that his success will depend on Carter, so he flew to Daytona Beach this summer and had dinner with Vince and his mom. He came away convinced that the talk about Carter being soft is just that talk. The thing people need to realize is that Vince had two serious injuries last year, ... Frankly, Vince Carter is the least of my worries.
They both said, he (Frank) was really into basketball, he wanted to coach and he wasn't like some of these young guys who just want to be on TV. He didn't mind doing the dirty work. The film breakdown. Bed checks. Monitoring training table. He was willing to do things without being paid. And coming from Bob (Knight), that meant even more.