Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Carter has been in the NBA for a long time. This upcoming season will be his 19th. The 39-year-old eight-time All-Star is tied with a handful of players as the second-oldest active player in the league (Kevin Garnett is the oldest at 40), but Carter isn’t looking to call it quits on his career just yet.
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In a recent interview with ESPN, Carter projected how long he plans to stay in the league and why he keeps coming back. “We know No. 19 is definitely going to go down,” he said. “I’m shooting for 20, and we’ll go from there after that.”
We don’t blame Carter for not wanting to retire any time soon. Last season, he added value to an injured Grizzly team, playing 16.8 minutes per game and averaging 6.6 points and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 34 percent from 3-point range. Plus, V.C. still loves the game and is willing to the work in to remain competitive.
“Love for the game. Nothing else,” he said. “I just love to play. It’s not out of me yet. When I don’t want to play and don’t want to put the work in, that’s when I step away from the game, but right now I still love it.”
After so many seasons of his body taking a beating, Carter is still working hard during the off-season. In the Instagram videos below, he works on his court drills; moves around screens for a mid-range jumper or a 3-point shot; and shows (in the last video) that he can still get up.