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Vince Carter explains why he signed with Kings

Alex Kolodziej



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Vince Carter is still doing his thing in the NBA.

The eight-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year, who turned 40 in January, is still active after signing with the Sacramento Kings on a one-year deal on July 10.

But why the Kings?

“With these young guys, one thing I was impressed with leading up to the draft, and seeing these guys before I even knew that I was going to play in Sacramento, is that they’re hungry,” Carter told Tar Heel Times in an interview. “They want to win, and they’re willing to learn.”

Carter earned a bid to the All-Star Game in eight successive seasons from 1999-07 with the then-New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors. He entertained the idea of taking a pay cut in order to join the Golden State Warriors, though the reigning NBA champs agreed to deals to retain players such as Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, while also reaching an agreement with Nick Young.

“I said to myself ‘I want to play 15 years,’” Carter said, according to RealGM.com. “I don’t know where I got that from. And then I got to 15 years and I kept going. I never capped it, but at the same time I’ve had a lot of players remind me of things I’ve said. I’m still saying ‘two more years and I’m done.’”

Sacramento finished 30-52 last season, good for third in the Pacific Division. The club traded away DeMarcus Cousins for more youth, and that appears to be the mantra heading forward.

Carter aside, of course.

Alex joined FanRag Sports in October 2014 as a college football columnist and breaking news writer. A graduate from Eastern Illinois, he enjoys long walks to the fridge and alternate jerseys. He doesn't trust anyone that likes yellow Starburst and swears that he will be reincarnated as an NHL third-line winger.