Outside of the short-lived, rather infamous stint of Allen "The Answer" Iverson, there has not been a bigger name to dawn the Beale Street Blue than future Hall-of-Famer Vince Carter. The 8-time All-Star ranks 7th all-time in career 3pt makes and 25th all-time in career points scored, so he certainly fits the bill when talking about needing more scoring and shooting at the wing positions. At 37-years-old, one cannot help but wonder what the former Dunk Contest Champion has left in the tank, and naturally, Vince made a joke or two at his own expense.
Vince "Now I run across a lot of guys who looked up to me in middle school and now they're trying to guard me" Media laughed— Chip Williams (@chipwilliamsjr) July 14, 2014
My guess is Vince has probably fielded a couple of questions about his age over the last few seasons, so he was ready for them on Monday.
A somewhat underplayed or even forgotten about factor in losing Mike Miller is his ability to be lead a team. Mike has been there and done that when it comes to having success in the NBA. He's played alongside LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, two of the very best leaders in the entire league. So, when it came down to it, Mike Miller was not afraid to step-up, take charge, and be the leader that the Grizzlies needed him to be. Is there a better replacement for Mike Miller in terms of leadership than Vince Carter? Well Memphis Grizzlies General Manager, Chris Wallace, and Vince Carter himself do not believe so.
Chris Wallace "He (Vince) is a tremendous leader"— Chip Williams (@chipwilliamsjr) July 14, 2014
Vince "I enjoy being a leader"— Chip Williams (@chipwilliamsjr) July 14, 2014
So, what's Vince Carter's main goal to accomplish in his time here in Memphis? It's pretty simple:
Vince "I want to hold up that O'Brien trophy here in Memphis"— Chip Williams (@chipwilliamsjr) July 14, 2014
In case you're unfamiliar with the term "that O'Brien trophy", he is referring to the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy. Yes, Vince Carter believes he can win a championship here in Memphis and that was his main motivation for joining the Grizzlies.
After the regular press conference had concluded, GM Chris Wallace stuck around to field some questions from a few media members. (Side Note: One thing I've picked up on in my few times interviewing Chris Wallace is that he
likes loves to talk. He's always willing to talk to the media, which is great for me and everyone reading this, even if it means he has to stay after) Chris touched on a variety of subjects including Nick Calathes:
Chris Wallace "We full expect Nick (Calathes) to return"— Chip Williams (@chipwilliamsjr) July 14, 2014
(Yes, I know I left of the 'y' in fully. I was tweeting at a very high volume yesterday, and I may have made a mistake or two. Please, don't be that guy)
It seems like the Grizzlies are very close to being done with the 2014 offseason. They've used the majority of their Mid-Level Exception, and they're over the salary cap, so they do not figure to be major players during the rest of free agency. However, Chris Wallace was asked if the Vince Carter acquisition was it in terms of bringing in new players before training camp and he said:
Chris Wallace was asked will this be it until training camp "No"— Chip Williams (@chipwilliamsjr) July 14, 2014
Wallace went on to say that he was very pleased with what he saw out of Jordan Adams and Jarnell Stokes in the Orlando Summer League. He talked about Adams being a natural scorer, and he believed that they could make him a better athlete over the next few years. In regards to Stokes, Wallace simply said:
Chris Wallace "We were very pleased with Jarnell Stokes in the summer league"— Chip Williams (@chipwilliamsjr) July 14, 2014
So, with all the moves the Grizzlies have made this offseason, what does the GM of the team think about next season, and how the team will fit-in in the mighty Western Conference:
Chris Wallace "We're an improved team and a team to be reckoned with in the Western Conference"— Chip Williams (@chipwilliamsjr) July 14, 2014
You can listen to the entire Vince Carter Press Conference here: Vince Carter Press Conference