Monday , Jan , 19 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Why Were Vince Carter, Devin Harris Benched?

Lawrence Frank may be playing the most dangerous game with the Nets.

Frank benched stars Vince Carter and Devin Harris after an atrocious team first half Saturday against the Celtics. Carter publicly said he understood the move. Harris pretty much said the same, but his annoyance was more evident.

So what happens now?

"I don’t know. I really don’t have any comment," said team president Rod Thorn, who deflected attempts to discuss the matter.

Frank, who has done probably his best coaching with the Nets (19-22) this season, acknowledged the status of the guys he benched.

"Devin and Vince are a big reason for our winning. This was a one-game situation," Frank said. "Those two are vital to our success."