HoopsHype Vince Carter rumors


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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.” NBCSports.com

April 3, 2015 Updates

This has been Vince Carter's hardest year. He used to average four times as many points as the 6.0 he has managed this season. His minutes are less than half of what he used to play. He was still recovering from ankle surgery as the season began, to be followed by a foot tendon injury that sidelined him all of February. "The players all respect and look up to him,'' said Chris Wallace, the general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies. "How many times do you get a chance to play with an elder statesman like him? Some of these guys had his poster on the wall when they were kids.'' 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." NBA.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." NBA.com

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When he was injured this season, Carter made several appearances on the Grizzlies’ television broadcasts as a guest analyst. As usual, he was anticipating the next phase of his life, once his playing career concludes. He would like to work in television, he said, even though he has not ruled out coaching. If only he could find a way to do both. “Maybe I could come into practice and the coach would let me help out,” he said. New York Times

February 26, 2015 Updates

Marc J. Spears: Grizzlies injured F Vince Carter (foot) is hoping to return to practice in 7 to 10 days, a source told Yahoo. Return to games timeframe TBD. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

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Griz swingman Vince Carter has a partially torn tendon in his left foot and will forgo surgery. Carter, 38, will wear a boot for stabilization and begin rehabilitation immediately. The Grizzlies’ medical staff is expected to evaluate Carter weekly to track the healing. Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Memphis enjoyed a 33-point lead in the second half but did so without injured swingman Vince Carter. The 17-year veteran left with a left foot injury before halftime. Carter, who celebrated his 38th birthday on Monday, will undergo an MRI Friday to determine the extent of his injury. The fear is Carter might have a fracture. Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Carter won’t commit to playing beyond his current contract. He will be a 19-year veteran when this deal expires and admits the idea of playing 20 is intriguing. “I never would have imagined it,” Carter said. His production will dictate his future and, though limited, he still shows flashes of brilliance. Earlier this month, against San Antonio, Carter froze Tim Duncan with a hesitation dribble. He burst past Duncan with two long steps and threw a one-handed dunk down over him. Yes, old Vince is gone, but occasionally the old man can still get up. Sports Illustrated

To help, Carter has put in countless hours maintaining his body. He does regular leg work to try and keep as much of his spring as possible. He routinely lifts weights after practice. At home, he does daily light work- -- “Old man workouts,” Carter said- -- before practice to stay loose. The result: Carter played 81 games in each of his last two seasons in Dallas. “I work like hell to make sure my body is in top shape and I am able to last throughout the year,” Carter said. “The older Vince feels better at season’s end than I ever have before.” Sports Illustrated

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