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Friday, October 4th, 2013 at 11:00 am  |  16 responses

Vince Carter Not Ready to Think About Retirement


Vinsanity may have left the building a long time ago, but Vince Carter isn’t ready to go anywhere. Not yet, at least. Carter says he’s not even prepared to contemplate retiring from the NBA. Per the Star-Telegram: “Although he is in the last year of his contract, Carter, who turns 37 on Jan. 26, doesn’t have a timetable for ending his career. ‘I don’t want to do that to myself,’ Carter said after Thursday morning’s practice. ‘I don’t want to limit myself. I think doing that you’ll start thinking about [retirement] as the season goes on. I’ll just let the body pretty much dictate how I’m feeling in the end.’ Carter acknowledged that his body is telling him that he’s got a few more years left to play. Especially after he averaged a solid 13.4 points — mostly off the bench — in just 26 minutes per game last season. Additionally, coach Rick Carlisle said that Carter, who is entering his 16th season, addresses a lot of his team’s pertinent needs, particularly from a leadership standpoint. ‘It’s not just his scoring and spectacular plays,’ Carlisle said. ‘It’s what his presence on the floor means.’ Carter is fueled this season by the fact that the Mavs failed to make the playoffs last year. He added that his approach to the game — golden years or not — is the same as it was going into last season. ‘The same type of routine in the off-season,’ Carter said. ‘I’ll be a year older, but I don’t feel a year older, so that’s a good thing.’”

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  • JML-G

    honestly, Vince Carter still plays surprisingly good – hope he will get the ring sooner than later… wont happen with the Mavs tho

  • anon

    Weird Fact: every team that Carter has joined since forcing his way out of the Raptors has gotten worse with him onboard. Nets, Orlando, Mavs – all went to the finals or won a chip just before he arrived and then declined with this cat in tow.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    That’s especially true for the Magic. They specifically traded for Carter because they thought he could fill the void left by Hedo leaving…and then they saw how Carter responds to increased pressure past the first round.

    The Mavs shouldn’t count because it was clear he was well past his prime and they were just looking to bolster their depth. Plus they got rid of their entire championship core minus Dirk.

  • spit hot fiyah

    correlation and causation are two different things

  • spit hot fiyah

    i really respect what carter has done to his career at the the tail end of it. after admitting that he quit on the franchise that drafted him he has completely reinvented himself as a reliable of the bench scorer that is routinely giving up his body to take charges. a lot of former stars can’t go out like that but he has been able to extend his career.

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    I’ll always root for VC.

  • semy automatic

    The Nets were in danger of missing the playoffs until they traded for Carter. I think the only team this really applies to is the Magic.

  • Dfrance

    You gave us this… stay as long as you’d like.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMrPjl-927Q

    Best part of this video is VC was so hype, he got down in a defensive stance and picked up the ball full court for the first and last time in his career.

  • Dundler

    That was the Magic’s own fault. They tried to plug Carter into a role left by a completely different player

  • spit hot fiyah

    lol, second best part: KG is thiiiiiiis close to getting knocked the f@qq out like debo

  • anthony

    Still hot w/ FIBA….would have been the best selling poster….EVER!

  • Brandan E.

    VC hasnt been the same after his 3rd year in Toronto.
    Hasnt been a star since his NJ Nets days.
    the VC i know hasnt existed since 2002

  • Zabbah

    every team carter has gotten into has been reduced in production. check the stats and not their Finals appearance to understand that Carter makes his team shittier with him on the court.

  • danpowers

    e too. ill never get the animosity of so many people towards him.

  • Q

    Do you know what your talking about? The Nets would have missed the playoffs without him in his first year there. (Did you forget all those buzzer beaters he made first round vs Miami). Kristic got injured the year they had the best chance to win it all. Orlando kept Rashard at the 4 who got killed by KG in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Mavs had no team or defensive anchor at Center. Know your facts please.

  • kobrick

    lol at people who think they know stuff

    in 2009 KG was injured for the entire playoffs and it still took the hedo led magic 7 games to beat the celtics

    in 2010 KG came back, the celtics picked up sheed, and they beat the magic in 6

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