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Harvey Araton of THE NEW YORK TIMES writes, â€œIt has been tempting lately to call Vince Carter Half Man, Half Amazing, but that would be too passÃ©, so Y2K. Besides, LeBron James landed at Continental Arena last night, on his way to the Hall of Fame, with his Cavaliers riding a Nets-matching six-game winning streak until they fell, 96-91, to a New Jersey team suddenly hitting nothing but net.
James, we were reminded, is what Carter was a half-dozen years ago, the ascendant monarch of Nike Nation, and more. He is the prodigy who makes the pass, and everyone better, while averaging a shade over 30 points a game. In his third season after turning pro out of high school, James has fulfilled expectations without appearing in a playoff game. It’s still early, though. There is plenty of time for the mythmakers to get cranky, deconstruct the legend, shot by shot.â€