Carter not holding back on highlights after all

It was a joke, Vince Carter says now.

The Toronto Raptors' star says an innocuous comment about not
dunking anymore has been blown out of proportion.

"I'm not going to dunk anymore? After I dunked in the last two
games? C'mon. Whatever. It was a joke," Carter told the Toronto
Star on Tuesday. "A guy said to me, 'What are you going to do [to
get out of the worst slump of your career]?' I told him, 'Whatever,
I'm not dunking anymore.'"

Carter said Monday that he doesn't want to dunk anymore, saying
"dunking was overrated."

In Toronto's 102-86 loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday
night, Carter had a dunk in the third quarter when he converted a
lob pass from Lamond Murray on a fast break. He had another one
late in the quarter on perhaps his most athletic slam of the
season, a windmill one-hander after a feed from Chris Bosh.

Carter led the Raptors with 25 points in the game at Washington.

Los Angeles Clippers: The Clippers placed rookie Shaun Livingston on the injured list Tuesday -- a day after the 19-year-old rookie dislocated his right kneecap during practice.

Livingston, the fourth player taken in last summer's draft, is expected to be sidelined at least eight weeks. An MRI revealed no other structural damage to the joint.

Livingston joins Chris Kaman and rookie Lionel Chalmers on the Clippers' injured list. Kaman, the team's starting center, hasn't
played this season after spraining his ankle in an exhibition game last month. He's expected to return to action shortly.

Livingston, who joined the Clippers directly out of Peoria (Ill.) Central High, will begin a rehabilitation program soon and be re-evaluated regularly. He has played in all 11 games, averaging 5.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 21.2 minutes.

guard Jason Richardson won't
need surgery on his injured right hand and can continue to play as
long as he can handle the pain.

Golden State Warriors: Guard Jason Richardson was in Tuesday's starting lineup after receiving
clearance from hand specialist Dr. Norman Zemel in Los Angeles on Monday.

Richardson's hand should heal on its own, and can't be hurt any
worse than it is.

"I think he's really relieved that he can play," Warriors
coach Mike Montgomery said. "There's some pain there but there's
not the potential for further injury."

Richardson leads the Warriors with 17.6 points a game, and has
scored 27 points in three of his last four games.

Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers activated Vlade Divac -- who has yet to play his first game since rejoining them -- and
Jumaine Jones.

The Lakers placed Brian Grant and Sasha Vujacic on the injured list.

Divac, signed as a free agent on July 20, had been on the injured list recovering from a herniated disk in his lower back. He was hurt during an offseason workout.

The 7-foot-1 center rejoined the Lakers after playing for Pacific Division rival Sacramento.

Jones missed the last six games with a strained right calf muscle.

Grant has tendinitis in his right knee, and Vujacic has a sprained right ankle.

Miami Heat: Forward Christian Laettner was activated before Tuesday's game with Portland and placed Malik Allen on the
injured list because of back spasms.

Laettner did not play in Miami's first 11 games, having been on
the injured list with right knee tendinitis. The 13-year veteran
has averaged 13.3 points and 6.9 rebounds with four other NBA
clubs. He signed with Miami as a free agent this summer.

Allen averaged 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in Miami's first 10
games. He didn't play in Sunday's win over Philadelphia.

Denver Nuggets: People who turned out Monday in Denver to pick up turkeys and bads of Thanksgiving fixings received an extra surprise.

Carmelo Anthony decided to give Nuggets teammate Kenyon Martin an assist in handing out 80 bags of food at the Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church.

Anthony said Martin told him about the event a couple of days ago and he decided to come, too.

The pair took time to sign the sweatshirt of a 2-year-old fan.

Martin's foundation paid for the fixings, while King Soopers provided the turkeys. Nike also contributed a pair of socks for each church member.

Boston Celtics: The Celtics placed forward Tom Gugliotta on
the injured list Tuesday and activated second-round draft pick
Justin Reed.

Gugliotta, who had averaged 1.7 points in 12.9 minutes,
aggravated a lower back injury Friday night against San Antonio.

Reed, a forward who played at Mississippi, went on the injured
list with a hip pointer Nov. 1 after being taken with the 40th pick
in this year's draft.

Houston Rockets: Ryan Bowen's first season with the Rockets has not started well. He was placed on the injured list with left knee

One of a number of new faces with the Rockets this season, Bowen
has scored 11 points and collected seven rebounds in 12 games
this season after signing with Houston on September 28.

A six-year veteran, the hustling Bowen has totaled 3.1 points
and 2.5 rebounds in 310 career games with the Denver Nuggets and
the Rockets.

In a corresponding move, Houston activated rookie guard Andre
Barrett, who began the season on the injured list.

New Jersey Nets: The struggling Nets will use some 30-minute postgame concerts in a bid to boost attendance.

The series will start Dec. 4 after a game against Atlanta with a performance by hip-hop pioneers Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, and Rob Base.

Other performers include Dietrick Haddon (Dec. 10, New Orleans
Hornets) and JoJo (Feb. 5, Detroit Pistons).

"The combination of NBA basketball and top-flight musical
entertainment has been a proven commodity throughout the league,"
Nets president Rod Thorn said Tuesday.