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Vince Carter
Vince Carter
Position: F-G
Born: 01/26/77
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $4,088,019
He’s the fourth-oldest player in the NBA behind only Andre Miller, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett. Carter loves basketball, and he’s continuing to play it – on his terms, which is just fine for Memphis. “He doesn’t take advantage of any of his celebrity as far as big-timing people or anything like that,” Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. “He’s one of the nicest, down-to-earth guys. He loves coming to the gym every day. He loves working with younger guys, older guys, sitting around after practice, after games, just talking hoops. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t have to do that, right? He’s set, and he’s had a great career, and hopefully, he goes to the Hall of Fame. But he just love it.”
via NBCSports.com
The fans of the Raptors appeared to be coming to grips with his larger impact on their country by the time Carter made his latest return to Toronto in November. A sentimental and rousing video of Carter’s seven seasons as a Raptor was shown during a first-quarter timeout. The boos of previous years gave way to a standing ovation. He was crying. “That’s something that was not talked about at the time,” said Carter of his unexpected influence on Canadian basketball. “We weren’t saying get us here because of 10 years later, this is what’s going to become of it. Nobody imagined that. I was glad I could have an impact, to be a part of that. But I had no idea. No idea.” “Ladies and gentlemen,” the announcement was made that November night at the Air Canada Centre, “would you please welcome back Vince Carter.”
via NBA.com
It was as if Carter had been nominated to campaign for a role that he could not refuse. He never did look comfortable. “I didn’t want be the next anybody,” said Carter. He was starring for an expansion franchise with no pedigree in a country that was, at that time, entirely foreign to the NBA. There was little to no understanding of what was being asked of him. As flattered as Carter was by the comparisons to Jordan, he didn’t recognize where the expectations were leading him until it was too late. “I knew of Michael Jordan, but I did not know him personally. So I can never be `the next,”‘ Carter said. “My approach is different from his approach, or the approach of any other player. You can try like hell to be `the next’ anyone, and copy their approach, and you’re still not going to be the same. That’s the thing I was trying to fight through — throughout my career.”
via NBA.com