Some psychologists say that men growing a beard is due a "mood change" is usually from a dramatic change in life. It makes the man feel more mature, "dirty" and tough. Vince Carter, who was once the biggest and most explosive finisher in the NBA, had major injuries that slowed him down. Is this why he grew a beard?
Vince Carter, aka "Air Canada," "Vinsanity," "Invinceable," and the "human highlight reel", dunked on almost every big man in the NBA, and Europe, and I'm sure no one can forget the dunk over the 7'2" Frederic Weis in the 2000 Olympics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMrPjl-927Q).
Carter was the most watched player in the NBA, he leap was so high that he was able to take a cup of coffee and piece of cake in the air and still decide how he wanted to throw it down.
Since the injuries, VC has be scared to take it hard to the rack to jam it like in the past; he is much slower and careful.
In many parts of the game you can see that he can still jump but usually not in someone's face like in the past.
In the past few years the Phoenix Suns, the team that runs more than any team has, brought in the oldest players that are playing today. It starts with Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Nash and of course Grant Hill.
When Shaq was in Phoenix, we saw him run the court that he was 20 years old, playing 30 minutes a game and scoring 17.8 a game, he was 36 when with the Suns.
Steve Nash is playing like always, with 32 minutes a game, scoring and assisting consistently.
And the most amazing change was of course with Grant Hill. Hill played only 195 games out the 486 regular season games (six season) when he was with the Orlando Magic, missing 291 games!
Since Hill came to Phoenix, he has played 270, finishing two full season without missing a game! This does not include the Playoffs, that ended only in six games in the Western conference finals.
With all this said, we cannot continue this article without praising the Phoenix Suns' head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson.
I think it is safe to say that Aaron has been MVP for the Suns. Having players performing at the high level, the age they are at, it is the work of a genius. There is no doubt that he is the MVP for the Suns.
Hopefully, Aaron will be able to help Vince Carter find his youth and confidence when he goes to the hoop again. It's true that Carter is not as young as he was when he played for the Toronto Raptors, but he can still play. And from small signs he has shown on the court, he can also explode again.
But one thing needs to be done, and that is to shave the beard. It is also said that when you shave your beard after a while, you feel much younger and energized.
So that would be a great start for Carter.
Carter, think about it
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