Memphis Grizzlies swingman and NBA great Vince Carter turned 38 Monday.
Carter is in his 17th NBA season, ranks in the top 25 in all-time scoring, and ranks in the top 10 in career three pointers made.
Carter is the 5th oldest player in the NBA, trailing Steve Nash (40), Andre Miller (38), Tim Duncan (38), and Kevin Garnett (38). By the end of this NBA season players Miller, Duncan and Garnett will all be 39 years old.
With a little gray in his beard, Carter describes what it feels like to be one of the game's elder statesmen.
"It's a great feeling to be able to play the greatest sport, have one of the greatest jobs at this age," said Carter. "And still be able to play this game at a high level."
His teammates are impressed with his career longevity as well, even if they accidentally make fun of his age when wishing him happy birthday.
"I wished him happy birthday this morning and I was joking, saying 'How old are you like 38 now,'" Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley said. "He's like 'Yeah, yeah really I am 38,'" I was like 'Wow man that's unbelievable; you're still doing it.' Hopefully I'm 38 and still playing, but that's a feat in itself."
Watch Carter and Conley talk about Vince's birthday above.
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