Vince Carter's 16th year in the NBA has been so eventful that it feels like four different years or, at least, four different chapters.
"It is a business and I understand that,'' Carter told me last summer before he knew his return to Dallas was secured. "No hard feelings. You have to understand that. But I've said (to Mavs management), 'Hey, this is where I want to be. (Rick) Carlisle and Mark Cuban all about their team winning. Stats are great. But winning is everything. So I told them, 'I want you guys to understand, I'm happy here.'''
Carter, working on a rejuvenation of his stellar career, did return to the Mavs this season with the unselfish attitude reflected in that quote and with a two-year, 6 million contract that now looks like one of the NBA's greatest bargains.
At this moment, with the Mavs making their come-from-nowhere push for the playoffs, Carter is a Sixth Man of the Year candidate with numbers that mirror those of former Sixth Man winner Jason Terry and what t...