Posts Tagged ‘Possible Retirement’

Half-man, half-amazing. Air Canada. Vinsanity.

Vince Carter is still playing basketball at 40 years old and hasn’t been a member of the Raptors since his trade to the New Jersey Nets on Dec. 17, 2004. Regardless, he still feels a strong bond with the city of Toronto.

“Of course, I’d like for (the Raptors) to retire my jersey,” Carter told Marc J. Spears of ESPN. “You’d always like your jersey retired. That is where it’s started.”

Carter was a fan favorite throughout most of his tenure in Toronto. After being drafted in 1998, he played six-and-a-half seasons with the Raptors and made the All-Star team every year after his rookie campaign. He took the team to the second round in 2001, before missing the final shot in Game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

However, things turned sour and Carter’s relationship with the Raptors disintegrated before he was traded to the Nets early in the 2004-05 season. He was booed for years each time he returned to Toronto as a visiting player, although his relationship with the team and its fans has improved greatly in recent seasons.

Overall, Carter averaged 23.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game in 383 total appearances with the Raptors.

His next game in Toronto is coincidentally on the same day he was traded 13 years ago. Carter’s current team, the Sacramento Kings, visits Air Canada Centre on Dec. 17 for what could potentially be his last trip as an opponent.

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The day Demian Maia hangs up his gloves has not yet dawned.

In just three months, the 39-year-old Brazilian went from the welterweight contender’s table to (premature) retirement watch. As he told the media following Saturday’s decision loss to Colby Covington, though, we haven’t seen the last of him.

“I intend on fighting for another year or two,” Maia said in his native Sao Paulo after UFC Fight Night 119, according to MMA Fighting’s Dave Doyle.

He added, “My goal is to keep on fighting. It’s a very tough sport. MMA is a tough sport, I will think about that. I have been in the UFC for 10 years and every time it is an emotional roller coaster. It’s something that if you’ve never been in it you’ll never understand.”

The jiu-jitsu ace has called the UFC home since October 2007, and reportedly has one fight remaining on his existing deal.

Maia had MMA diehards clamoring for him to get a crack at Tyron Woodley’s title after mounting a seven-fight win streak. However, he’s now failed to secure a takedown in over 30 attempts across his losses to the champ and Covington – a bad omen for a grappler of his ilk. Having fought three members of American Top Team consecutively, the Brazilian chalked up the slump in part to the extensive tape at the camp’s disposal.

“I had problems taking Woodley down and we changed a lot of things, but we also have to remember that I fought against two great wrestlers in my last two fights,” Maia said. “Woodley and Colby, an All-American from Oregon University. For sure, I fought against three wrestlers from American Top Team in my last three fights, and people try to figure (out) your game plan, they study, and it gets harder.”

Fifteen major-league seasons apparently is enough for R.A. Dickey.

The Atlanta Braves declined the knuckleballer’s $8-million option for 2018 on Monday, and Dickey’s expected to retire, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Dickey was the 18th overall pick in the 1996 draft by the Texas Rangers and played for six different organizations. He was an All-Star and National League Cy Young winner in 2012 as a member of the New York Mets.

Despite coming off a decent season with the Braves in which he tossed a team-leading 190 innings, Dickey said he needed to consult with his family before making a decision on extending his career.

The soon-to-be 43-year-old is the third-oldest active player in the majors, behind Bartolo Colon and Ichiro Suzuki.

When Joe Thomas hangs up his cleats, he’ll be a lock for the Hall of Fame.

But could the longtime Cleveland Browns left tackle be eligible for Canton sooner than anyone thought? Thomas hinted that his playing future could be up in the air Monday following confirmation that a triceps injury will sideline him for the rest of the season.

“Am I done playing? I don’t know,” said Thomas, according to Pat McManamon of ESPN. “I think that’s a decision that’s best talked about in the offseason.”

Thomas added he wants to wait for a less emotional time to consider his future, with a six-to-nine month recovery period looming.

The 10-time Pro Bowler has one year left on his current contract, but again, he opted to table that discussion until after the campaign.

“We’ll see how things shake out in the offseason,” said Thomas, according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.

Thomas’ injury will force him to miss the first game of his illustrious 11-year NFL career.

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Michael Bisping’s days in 4-ounce gloves are numbered.

In a Monday appearance on “The MMA Hour,” the UFC middleweight champion revealed his upcoming date with Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 might be his last.

“There’s a possibility this might be my last fight. I don’t know if I’ll ever fight again after this,” Bisping said. “What a way to go out if it is.

“I don’t know. We’ll see. We’ll see what the future holds. There’s a possibility, yeah. This may be my last fight, so if anyone wants to see Michael Bisping get knocked out, this is your last chance to do it, guys.”

The 38-year-old Brit won the title with a first-round KO of Luke Rockhold at UFC 199, a decade into his promotional stint and a dozen years into his 37-fight career after battling injuries and rebounding from several failed attempts to earn a title shot. In January, he publicly mulled hanging up his gloves following two more wins, but going out on top against the greatest welterweight of all time – at Madison Square Garden, no less – is not outside the realm of possibility.

“I’ve done it for so long. I’ve done it for so long now, and there’s other things to do in life,” Bisping said. “I mean, I still love this, don’t get me wrong, but you can’t do it forever. You can’t do it forever, and Georges should’ve stayed retired. He should’ve retired as a champion. I’m going to beat Georges and I’ll retire as a champion – maybe – I haven’t made my mind up on that yet. It depends, if there’s enough money involved, maybe I’ll stick around, but as of right now, I don’t know.”

Bisping said his inner circle has been urging him to retire for some time. With a regular gig on the UFC’s FOX Sports 1 desk and a career on both the big and small screen, he’s far better prepared for post-Octagon life than most, although he maintained retiring with a win at MSG would maximize those revenue streams.

He welcomes St-Pierre to the middleweight division Nov. 4 in the main event of a star-studded UFC 217.

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Jaromir Jagr may not be a part of the NHL this year, but that doesn’t mean hockey fans won’t have at least one graybeard to fawn over.

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara enters the coming campaign as one of just two 40-year-olds – the other being Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen – and while he’s had a prolific 19-year career, Chara doesn’t see 2017-18 as his swan song.

“I definitely want to play beyond this season,” Chara told Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com. “It’s really hard to put a number on it. Some people do and some people don’t. I just obviously want to keep playing beyond this season.

“I love this game too much. I have made no secrets about it. I want to stay here and continue to play.”

While Chara may have his sights set on the years ahead, there are no guarantees he’ll play beyond 2017-18. That’s because he’s entering the season on the final year of a seven-year deal he signed in 2011.

Still, earning a contract extension will be only part of his focus this season.

“I love the game. I love everything about it. I love the sacrifice and I love the training. There are so many things that are so positive,” Chara added. “At my age, I look at what I can still do and just really enjoy it. I just want to keep improving and play for as long as I can.”

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Aaron Rodgers won’t be going anywhere for as long as Green Bay will have him.

Discussing his future with reporters Thursday, the Packers‘ star quarterback touched on the allure of potentially playing his entire career in Title Town. In doing so, he made reference to a trio of legends from other sports who’ve donned just one uniform.

“It’s being a sports fan and watching some of my favorite all-time players either not finish in the place they started or the place where you fell in love watching them play – or they did,” Rodgers said, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

“And seeing how different the memory is of those players as a fan, and seeing some of my favorite players growing finishing up now or have finished up in the last two or three years – the Derek Jeters, the Kobe Bryants, the Tim Duncans – doing it their entire career in one place, that makes things pretty special. So again, I’m a realist as well. I have to play well, the team has to want to bring me back, but I’ve said I’d like to finish things here where we started.”

Rodgers reiterating his desire to remain with the Packers for the entirety of his pro career came on the same day that fellow superstar Tom Brady turned 40 years old.

Can Rodgers, now 33, be the next quarterback to defy the odds and continue into that age range?

“I do think it’s realistic,” he said. “I hope it’s in this locker room, though. That would mean it’s been at a high level. Like I said, hopefully Dec. 2 of 2024 – help me out, 2023. Thank you.”

A first-round pick in the 2005 draft, Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre for three seasons before finally getting his opportunity to step in.

He hasn’t looked back in the nine years since, posting a 90-45 record over 135 starts, leading Green Bay to the Super Bowl XLV title and making a case for himself as one of the best quarterbacks the game has ever seen.

The Packers would undoubtedly be thrilled to have Rodgers stick around and even begin to approach Brady’s mind-boggling longevity.