November 23, 2006
Burning up—and down—the house
Russell Carter stood in the southwest corner of the Notre Dame basketball court with one hand on his hip. He didn't look like he had any intention of moving, and in fact, he didn't for about 15 seconds.
When the ball was stolen by the Irish opponent-The Citadel-Carter barely jogged to get back on defense, stopping at half-court before casually walking back to the corner on the offensive end.
When Carter did get the basketball in his hands, he abandoned the offensive set, choosing instead to go one-on-one with his opponent.
When head coach Mike Brey took him out for the final time in Notre Dame's one-sided victory over the Bulldogs, Carter walked slowly toward the Notre Dame bench-right into the shoulder of a Citadel player in what appeared to be an intentional act.
Carter's nonchalance was obvious during Notre Dame's two exhibition games at the Joyce Center. But the lack of effort and apparent disinterest against The Citadel reached an all-time high-or low, depending upon one's perspective.
As the rest of the Irish players showered and left the Joyce Center last Sunday evening, Carter was sitting in Brey's office, waiting to discuss his latest antics on the basketball court.
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