Vince Carter was drafted into the NBA in 1998, and 19 years later, the eight-time All-Star is still playing. Carter was one of the most dominant basketball players in the world for the first decade of the new millennium, but in his later years, he’s learned a lot about becoming a role player and a veteran leader.
He’s also realized how much his physical fitness and nutrition have contributed to a longevity in basketball that surpasses most who play the sport. In a recent GQ interview, Carter noted the difference between his current mindset compared to when he was younger, explaining that he listens to his body more.
“If my legs are heavy, that’s my body telling me I need more sleep or to stretch,” he said. “I have to listen to that now and be more attentive to the nutritionist and the body load numbers that comes from games and practices.”
He’s also adjusted his diet on a regular basis and before games – applying the lessons he’s learned through years of working with nutritionists and athlete specialists.