Still sporting the same old bald look, however, if you look closely there are streaks of gray in his beard. Still the same player who puts on a lot of work on his craft like he was still on his rookie year.
The first one to arrive, the last one to leave. People call him half-man, half-amazing.
Now, Vince Carter is barely half the player he was before. However, there is still no question about his work ethic. Vince still outworks rookie who were not even born yet when he started his NBA career in 1998. During games, there were spurts of the old Vince who drilled long three pointers, and defying gravity with throw down slams and making his cup of tea in the air. But Vince couldn’t take over games anymore, he could barely score 20 points or get his minutes up by 30. And when every 40 year old player who never won any championship would readily chose a championship team just to get that coveted ring, Vince took the road less travelled and signed up with the Sacramento Kings who have five rookies in their lineup.
When he played for the Memphis Grizzlies, he started off the bench averaging career lows. But it had never deterred Carter’s will to contribute to the game. The first time he entered a game after a lopsided score. A crowd of 17,000 people chanted his name and roused to their feet. Vince re-lived these moments. Years ago, he would expand the unimaginable moves that we deemed impossible to do. Somehow, he is desperate to give everyone a glimpse of his old self. Yet it just came in spurts and most of the time he had nothing.
Vince can be a good mentor to the young Sacramento Kings, however, he wants everybody to know that he still can contribute and he still can score. It’s not always about money or championship rings.
The former half-man, half amazing still believes he can still do it.
What can we say, at 40 years old, there’s really no impossible when it comes to Vince Carter.