NBA veteran Vince Carter seems to be on his last legs, but he’s still playing at 39 years old. Carter has avoided serious injuries unlike Kobe Bryant, and has said that he doesn’t yet plan to retire.
During the 2015-2016 season, Carter has proved that he can still get up in the air and dunk it like he use to. But how much does Carter left in him?
NBA legends Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith talked on Carter’s career and his future on Inside the NBA.
Charles Barkley in particular said that he hopes Carter retires soon.
“Because he is still contributing. I think that when you get older, one day you wake up, and you can’t play. I know this firsthand,” Barkley said.
“Vince has been a great player for a long long time, he’s obviously going to the Hall of Fame, but one day, you wake up and you just can’t play a lick. And it happens in the middle of the season, among the 25-year old guys and there’s nothing you can do,” he said.
“I’d hate to see a guy like Vince to be playing for a team that’s not going anywhere,” Barkley added.
Kenny Smith touched upon Carter’s game, saying he adjusted his age in accordance with this game.
“What fighter, what basketball player, has not been thrown out of the game? His competitive nature has got him to where he is,” Smith said. “So the fact that he’s still contributing, and the biggest thing about Vince is that he has accepted his contribution. There are certain guys who do not accept it. He has accepted his role and that’s the hardest part for a guy like Vince, but he’s one of those who has accepted it the best.”
O’Neal was brief, but on point. He believes Carter could still be a valuable asset to his team.
“I think the way he plays, he probably still has one more year left,” said O’Neal. “He’s a spot-up stand still shooter, he can do that. It’s not going to be the old Vince, rising up, going to the hole, but I think that him being the spot-up shooter, he can do one more year.”
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