Vince Carter Not Ready to Think About Retirement

by October 04, 2013

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.'”