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Retirement is not on Vince Carter’s mind

Oct 4, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

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Midway through this coming NBA season (Jan. 26, to be exact) Vince Carter will turn 37. That’s a grandpa in NBA years.

The guys once known for his explosiveness has found his groove as a veteran role player off the bench in Dallas. They needed a scorer, an instant-offense guy off the bench and that role worked for Carter — he averaged 13.4 points a game and shot 40 percent from three last season. You could mention him in a Sixth Man of the Year conversation and not get laughed out of the room (he wasn’t going to win it, but you could put him on the second tier for that award).

With all that, who has got time to think about retirement? Not Carter, as he told the Star-Telegram.

“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 is in the final year of his contract and is set to make $3.2 million. At that price, for the production he provides (so long as there is no significant drop off), there likely would be more than a couple teams willing to bring him in next season. Nobody is giving him a four year deal, but he still can beat guys one-on-one, create shots and his defense is better than you would expect based on his reputation.

If he wants to play next year he can, and it sounds like he wants to.

  1. 2dmo4 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Wait…he IS still in the league?

    • 24thesho - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Oh, yeah.. winning that Olympic Gold Medal and that crazy dunk over that 7 foot dude. You know he’s the league, dude. C’mon, with that hater b.s.

      • adamsjohn714 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        You cite two examples (from many years ago) of things he didn’t do in the NBA as evidence that people should still know he’s in the NBA. Obviously people commenting on NBA articles during the offseason probably know he’s still in the league, though.

  2. vi3tguy415 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    LeBron…cant wait till u get to 33-34. see if you can score like kobe. lets see how your skills will be. yes…im looking at u. 22ppg max.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      scoring 30 ppg isn’t inherently helpful. I’m not saying that what Kobe does is bad, just that you should broaden your understanding of the game. Seeing as how Lebron’s a better jumpshooter, I assume (given similar FGA) he could easily put up those point totals, if not surpass them.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      For now you can just see him rack up championships

      • borderline1988 - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        PPG is not a very robust stat…Kobe scores a lot, but he still takes the most shots in the league, even at this age. Kobe has never shot above average FG% in his entire career.

        Lebron will probably slow down a bit as he gets older, but he’s still an incredible passer, rebounder, post player, and contrary to popular belief, he’s one of the best jump-shooters in the NBA (statistically).

      • vi3tguy415 - Oct 5, 2013 at 1:56 AM

        Haven’t watched any finals the last 2 yrs. who won?

  3. johngalt1783 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Vince is best known in Toronto not only for highlight reels also his missed jump shot that cost the Raptors and appearance in the EC Finals. Maybe the Raptors will bring him back and give him a chance to redeem himself. Not very likely.

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